Sustainable bathroom products we love

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Create a beautiful and sustainable bathroom

Recent advances in technology have made creating a beautiful and sustainable bathroom easy. Take a peek at our top picks for sustainable bathroom products.

modern looking wood counter bathroom

Go with (low) flow

Make the bathroom your own private oasis of comfort and sustainability. Low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets use innovative water-saving technologies to create high-efficiency products that use less water while delivering the same performance.

If you are looking to upgrade your bathroom and conserve water, look for the WaterSense label when purchasing new fixtures. Stephanie Thornton, a representative of the WaterSense Program at the EPA explains, "Since it was first launched in 2006, the WaterSense program has helped consumers identify water-efficient products that not only meet specific water-savings criteria but performance criteria as well -- meaning you'll get the same great performance you're used to, just using less water." Make conservation a top-priority when you choose a high-efficiency toilet like this one by Kohler.

Less-is-more floor

Environmentally conscious flooring options are not hard to find. Like the look and feel of hardwood? Bamboo and lyptus hardwood floors are two durable and gorgeous options that are made from rapidly renewable materials. You can also choose environmentally friendly flooring made from recycled content such as salvaged wood, glass, stone and tile. Contemporary tiles designed by Fireclay Tile, for example, are made from 100 percent recycled glass.

Counter intelligence

Sustainable counters are available in a wide variety of attractive options including bamboo, pure glass, recycled glass and concrete. But will they hold up well to daily life? Absolutely. Each one of these products is just as durable as conventional options. You can feel good about your commitment to the earth when you install a stunning and easy-to-care-for pure glass countertop from ThinkGlass.

All you can do with bamboo

The buzz is all about bamboo these days. Although it looks and acts like wood, it is actually a grass that grows at rapidly -- some varieties, up to three feet in a single day. Being such a useful renewable resource, bamboo is being used to manufacture a multitude of sustainable bathroom products including flooring, countertops, cabinets, shelving, towels, robes, shower curtains, bath mats and more. Take a peek at this classic bamboo bath vanity set from Seville.

Natural beauty

Unleash your natural beauty with sustainable beauty products that are friendly to our environment. There are lots of options from which to choose (just take a walk down your drug store aisle!); for example, Pantene Nature Fusion shampoo uses cassia, avocado, bamboo and grapeseed to naturally protect and moisturize. Plus, the bottle is made with up to 59 percent plant-based materials, excluding the cap.

More on sustainable living

Bathroom water use: How to really reduce it
Water conservation: Get the facts
Plan a home energy makeover

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