Go green when you clean – our editor’s pick of the finest eco-friendly bathroom fixtures…
Going green doesn’t end at the bathroom door. One of the smallest rooms in the house can often have the largest ecological impact, with heavy water use and numerous products that rely on often harsh chemicals.
But you can clash the environmental toll your ablutions take with these editor’s picks of the very best eco-friendly fixtures for the modern bathroom.
Vicloon Bathroom Shower Set, £10.99
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of making a sizeable difference to your bathroom is to change the shower head. You can cut water usage dramatically without ruining your shower experience. The Vicloon Bathroom Shower Set is affordable but uses laser perforated technology to save up to 50% of water use. It also uses mineral balls to filter out toxins, heavy metals, chlorine and fluoride, while softening the water and reducing limescale build up.
Fy-Light Sensor Tap, £34.99
Fitting a sensor tap to your basin has a couple of benefits. Firstly, you don’t have to touch the tap to turn the water on – the sensor detects you and starts the water flow, which is cleaner and cuts down on cross contamination. From an ecological standpoint, the Fy-Light Sensor Tap shuts off automatically when you’re not using it, meaning you don’t run it pointlessly while you’re stood there brushing your teeth – not everyone is diligent in flicking the tap off.
Pure Close Coupled Toilet, £288
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One of the simplest ways to use less water in the bathroom is to install a dual flush cistern. You’ll be spoiled for choice, but the Pure Close Coupled Toilet combines sleek modern looks with two cistern fittings. One button uses three litres of water, the other six, which is not only greener but can also cut your water bills, especially if you use a meter.
Vogue Eco Economic Extraction Fan, £160.38
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Extraction fans are a vital but unsung part of any bathroom installation. Without a good one you’ll be trying to clean the condensation from your vanity mirror and perhaps dealing with damp issues. The Vogue Eco Economic Extraction Fan runs quietly, cutting down on noise pollution in your house, but also uses low energy and promises minimal lifecycle costs. It’s a touch better looking than your average extractor fan too.
Steel Saniform Plus Bath, £335.30
Many bathers opt for acrylic as it’s cheaper to buy and warmer to the touch, but there are numerous benefits to be had by opting for a steel bath. They look more striking for one, but they also retain heat much better than acrylic baths, meaning you’ll use less hot water topping your bath up if you like a long soak. Like most steel bathtubs, the Steel Saniform Plus Bath from German specialists is Kaldewei recyclable too, unlike its plastic counterparts which are often destined for landfill.
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