Like many of us today, we are concerned with toxic chemicals and their impact on our health. Often a surprise, our bathrooms can be full of toxins and not one of the cleanest rooms in the home. For starters, we have listed a few tips for going green and where better to start than our bathrooms!
- Fresh Air – If you are lucky enough to have a window in your bathroom, open it and let the fresh air flood the room. Add one or two houseplants to help filter the air. A few plants that do well in bathrooms are snake plants, ferns, ivy, and orchids. Not only do plants filter the air, they are aesthetically beautiful while adding positive energy to the room.
- Tubs & Showers – Avoid purchasing shower curtains and tub mats made from plastic that contain PVC, which can release carcinogenic phthalates. Choose items that are organic and natural such as cotton, linen, and bamboo. Tub mats and shower stools made from reclaimed teak wood are a perfect fit for going green. Teak wood is also known for resisting mold and mildew.
- Towels – When purchasing towels, look for sustainable materials and organic cotton. Also, people that work in the industry of conventionally grown cotton are exposed to pesticides that can lead to health risks.
- Bath Tissues – Pay special attention to the contents of products you purchase. Regarding tissues and toilet paper, purchase products that are 100 percent recycled and are bleached without chlorine compounds. Many toilet paper cores are now made from 100 percent recycled materials.
- Toiletries – Stay away from products that contain petroleum-based scents and parabens that can cause allergic reactions in some people. Look for products made from plant-based ingredients. Also, many organic toiletries are packaged in dark colored glass containers (not plastic). Dark glass containers prevent the ingredients from being compromised by exposure to UV sunlight. Recycling glass is less expensive and easier than recycling plastic.
We would love to hear from you about “greening” your home’s bathroom. This project is a wonderful way to include children while educating them about sustaining a green environment!