Saving the planet is important to all of us. That's why we're proud to launch a range of eco bathroom products, saving you water, energy and cash—a real "win-win" situation.
Whilst it may seem like it’s all around us, water is actually a scarce resource which needs to be conserved. According to Thames Water, if we continue to use water at the same rate we do today, by 2050 we’ll need an extra 250 million litres per day, just to cope with demand. That’s why we all need to do our bit.
With over half our average water consumption taking place in the bathroom, it’s the best place to begin if you wish to be more eco-friendly. Thanks to our range of eco bathroom products, you can easily create an energy-efficient, water-saving bathroom that’ll still look stylish. In this article, we’ll show you how a few small changes can go a long, long way.
How to recognise a water-saving bathroom product
When shopping for your new bathroom, we’ve made it easy to select eco-friendly products which can help save water or energy. Simply look out for the icon below.
To help you start planning your eco bathroom, let’s take a look at the types of product you should choose.
Dual flush toilets
Flushing your toilet makes up nearly a quarter of your daily household water usage, so it’s certainly an area you should address, especially if you’re in need of a new toilet.
The Orchard Eden close coupled toilet comes with a dual 3 or 6 litre flush, plus WRAS approval
By swapping your old single flush model for a modern, dual flush toilet, you can help cut your water usage. The reduced volume single flush can be used for liquid waste, whereas you can select the larger volume flush for solid matter. Also, look out for WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approval, which ensures efficiency.
Reassess your bath
Whilst many of us love a long, relaxing soak in the bath, it isn’t always everybody’s cup of tea. Instead of a large bath, which you end up filling to the brim, why not invest in a smaller capacity tub?
At just 1500mm in length, the Orchard Round edge straight bath has a capacity of only 165 litres
Better still, a shower bath is a great way to provide you with the option of a shower, which, on average uses significantly less water than a bath. It’s a great option for family households, where it’s sometimes easier to grab a quick shower than run a full bath.
Swap for a smarter shower
Digital and smart showers are leading the way in water-reducing technology, with many models offering an eco mode, which restricts the flow without limiting your enjoyment. Browse them carefully as many offer different options.
Digital showering systems, like Aqualisa Q, are leading the way in helping to reduce water consumption
For example, digital showers from the Aqualisa Q range come with unique proximity sensor technology, which reduces the water flow when you step away from the shower (for example, to lather your hair), before resuming the original flow, once you’re back in position.
Find out more about smart bathrooms.
Restrict the flow with taps
To limit the amount of water you use when washing your hands or brushing your teeth (which can waste up to 6 litres), keep an eye out for taps which come with eco aerators or other flow restricting technology.
To restrict flow, turn to water-saving taps
If you’re installing a bathroom in commercial premises, a non-concussive tap (like the one pictured above) is one of the best ways to reduce water wastage. This type of tap comes with a push-down valve, which slowly returns to an “off” state, meaning it can’t be left running. You’ll find a selection supplied by Kirke.
Downsize your basin
Again, washing and brushing is a part of your routine where water can be wasted. By swapping out that old juggernaut of a basin for something neater and more compact, you could save plenty of litres.
A cloakroom suite, like this one from the Eden collection, will help save water
Look out for basins under 500mm in width, which are smaller than standard. The basin pictured above is just 310mm wide.
Soften your water the eco-friendly way
If you live in a hard water area, did you know that limescale in your electrical appliances could be increasing energy use by nearly 10%?
A simple way to protect from limescale and erosion is to fit a NoCalc limescale inhibitor to your system. This differs from conventional water softeners, as it doesn’t use salt. Therefore there is no need to flush away brine on a daily basis, which can use between 40 to 80 litres per regeneration.
This product doesn’t require mains installation and offers an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional water softeners. Find out more about the NoCalc limescale inhibitor.
Shop eco bathrooms
If you want to do more to help protect the environment, simply click on the image below to browse our range of eco bathroom products.