We all know that bathrooms are perfect for a bit of self care. However, while you’re at it, you should take time to care for mother nature too. Don’t panic! You won’t need to renovate again. With just a few tweaks you can massively reduce your bathroom’s carbon footprint and rest assured you’re doing your bit for the environment.

A nifty, water saving tap

While we’re not about to lecture you on keeping those taps off while you clean your teeth (we hope you do), switching to a more efficient basin tap is a surefire way of making a more eco-friendly bathroom. While many taps in recent years have started to integrate low-flow aerators, our pick has a few other tricks up its sleeve. The Bristan Quadrato Basin Mixer sports a unique eco-click feature that increases resistance as you increase flow, encouraging you to use less water when freshening up.

The Bristan Quadrato Basin Mixer | Victorian Plumbing
The Bristan Quadrato Basin Mixer | Victorian Plumbing

The Quadrato is also equipped with a temperature lock feature; a useful safeguard for those with curious children. To sweeten the deal, the Quadrato tap looks spectacular in it’s stunning chrome finish with a boxy, contemporary design. Now you don’t have to sacrifice on style to save the world

An efficient shower experience

When taking a shower, Britons use (on average) a massive 50 litres of water. A shower a day takes that total up to a colossal 350 litres a week. With the addition of an affordable, eco-friendly shower head you can drastically reduce this wasteful figure. The Hansgrohe Croma Vario EcoSmart is a simple to install handset that shrinks the water usage of your shower by up to 60%.

The Hansgrohe Croma Vario EcoSmart | Victorian Plumbing
The Hansgrohe Croma Vario EcoSmart | Victorian Plumbing

It’s EcoSmart setting keeps flow to a minimum while still providing a thoroughly enjoyable shower experience. Winner of the iF product design award 2016, the shower head also boasts a QuickClean feature. This allows the user to simply rub loose any pesky limescale deposits; ensuring your shower head lasts longer than it’s generous 5 year guarantee.

Take control of your water

We believe that people naturally become more eco-friendly when they can see the extent of their overuse first hand. The Grohe Sense Guard is a nifty little box that, once fitted to your pipes, allows you to monitor precisely how much water you use. Detailed readings on water usage appear in the Grohe Ondus app giving you the ability to pinpoint which family member has been spending too much time in the shower! This should encourage you to be a bit more conscious of wastage and stop you getting a nasty scare from a water bill at the end of the year.

The GROHE Sense Guard Smart Water Controller | Victorian Plumbing
The GROHE Sense Guard Smart Water Controller | Victorian Plumbing

On top of this, the device provides constant, detailed measurement of temperature, flow and pressure; immediately notifying you upon detection of micro leaks or of pipes in danger of freezing or bursting. In the event of a problem Grohe Sense Guard is able to close off the entire water supply and inform you via the accompanying app. This instant shut off could save you thousands of pounds in damages! The Grohe Sense Guard does need to be installed by a plumber, but from then on it is remarkably simple to use and offers efficient, round the clock protection without need for maintenance.

A smart water sensor

A smart bathroom product that truly lives up to the name. The Grohe Sense is a discrete, puck-sized wireless sensor that acts as an early warning system; detecting flooding, frost risks and dangerous levels of humidity before these problems have time to cause extensive damage. Placed in problem areas, such as under sinks or near washing machines, the device will alert you of problems with an audible warning and a flashing red light for added peace of mind.

The GROHE Sense Smart Water Sensor | Victorian Plumbing
The GROHE Sense Smart Water Sensor | Victorian Plumbing

The device also synchronises wirelessly via the Grohe Ondus app, notifying you of immediate problems and giving you up to date readings of temperature and humidity. To sweeten the deal, it’s also easy to install and highly efficient; the device only needs three AAA batteries in order to keep you covered for up to four years. In all, the Grohe Sense is a cost-effective, easy-to-install way of preventing expensive, environmentally harmful water damage.

The bidet - a clean way to go green

The toilet is the next target in our crusade against environmental negligence. The UK uses an average of 110 rolls of toilet paper per capita each year. With a population of 66 million, that must amount to a terrifying number of felled trees. On top of the immense climate damage, this toilet paper can also lead to costly blockages in older plumbing systems. To cut down on toilet paper use, while still staying squeaky clean, we recommend the RAK Manual Bidet.

The RAK Manual Bidet | Victorian Plumbing
The RAK Manual Bidet | Victorian Plumbing

This ingenious device is compatible with most RAK toilet pans and simply replaces your original toilet seat, adding eco-friendly bidet functionality. While this will use slightly more water than a traditional toilet, the bidet can massively reduce or even completely eliminate the need for toilet paper. If you’re yet to use one, you’re in for a treat. We can’t believe bidets haven’t yet conquered Britain’s bathrooms!

Finishing touches

We hope you’ll consider our eco-friendly bathroom tips, but the battle’s only half won! To top off your green bathroom you’ll also need to have a think about day-to-day beauty products you use. You can try switching to bamboo toothbrushes; using a natural soap, recyclable cotton buds, shampoo bars etc. Just name a product and there’s certain to be a environmentally sound alternative out there. Just putting in a tiny bit more effort will go a long way!

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