Try nat­u­ral ap­proach for ‘green’ bath­room

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The bath­room is a great place to go green. Here are some ideas:

Think or­ganic cot­ton: Bath linens made from or­ganic cot­ton are not only comfy and soft, but they re­quire fewer pes­ti­cides to pro­duce than reg­u­lar cot­ton tow­els. Man­u­fac­tur­ers that use the slightly more ex­pen­sive or­ganic cot­ton also tend to use nat­u­ral dyes.

Con­sider re­plac­ing your vinyl shower cur­tain with a heavy cot­ton duck cur­tain, says An­nie B. Bond, au­thor of Home En­light­en­ment and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of green­liv­ing con­tent at Care2.com, a site de­voted to nat­u­ral health. “The plas­tic in a shower cur­tain is PVC, and the plas­ti­ciz­ers in PVC are hor­mone dis­rupters,” she says. “Those toxic in­gre­di­ents can be­come air­borne.”

Try an all-nat­u­ral ap­proach: Nat­u­ral bath prod­ucts are friend­lier to your skin than chem­i­cal-laden of­fer­ings from ma­jor cos­met­ics com­pa­nies, and they won’t cre­ate toxic air pol­lu­tion. Visit the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group’s Skin Deep Web site, www.ewg.org/ re­ports/skindeep2/in­dex.php, to re­search prod­ucts.

Be wa­ter-wise: A low-flow show­er­head can re­duce wa­ter con­sump­tion by 30 per­cent, yet still pro­vide a pres­sur­ized spray. An­other nifty gad­get, a gray-wa­ter di­verter, sends used wa­ter from the shower or bath to a col­lec­tion con­tainer for dis­tri­bu­tion to your gar­den.

Insulating your wa­ter heater and low­er­ing its ther­mo­stat to 120 de­grees makes a real dif­fer­ence in the amount of en­ergy used to heat your morn­ing shower. And con­sider re­plac­ing your toi­let with a low-flow model.

Use re­cy­cled build­ing prod­ucts: Re­mod­el­ing your bath­room? Seek out tile made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als for floors, baths, show­ers and coun­ter­tops. Thanks to the pop­u­lar­ity of re­cy­cling, colors and fin­ishes are plen­ti­ful.

Clean green: Get rid of the harsh chem­i­cals you use to clean tubs and toi­lets. Pay at­ten­tion to the gov­ern­ment­man­dated warn­ing la­bels on clean­ing prod­ucts.

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Nat­u­ral bath prod­ucts are friend­lier to your skin. And if you’re re­mod­el­ing, look for tile made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

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