Eco-Chic: Sustainable Design for the Bathroom

In bathroom design, “green” is more than just a color. With homeowners adopting a heartfelt commitment to environmental sustainability, manufacturers are following suite and providing solutions for modern families. Creating an eco-friendly bathroom can save money and resources without sacrificing an ounce of performance or elegance.

During a bathroom remodel, an easy way to go green is to select low-flow fixtures. Switching to water-efficient plumbing fixtures could save the average household as much as $50 to $100 a year on water and wastewater bills, and also reduces the environmental impact of the household.

One beautiful, new option from manufacturer TOTO is their DuoFit In-Wall Tank System. TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer to receive the EPA’s Water Efficiency Leader Award and this design, released this year, reflect what TOTO calls a “commitment to great design, water savings and making life easier for our customers.”

This system features a high-efficiency dual ?ushing system that optimizes water usage by allowing the user to choose 0.9 GPF (gallons per flush) for liquid waste or 1.6 GPF for solid waste. Because the tank is behind the wall and the toilet mounted off of the ?oor, you also gain more bathroom space and cleaning around the toilet is much easier. Its design is sleek and European inspired, perfect for an upscale remodel.

Another design from TOTO is the Aimes High-Efficiency Toilet. This high-efficiency toilet (HET) incorporates the Double Cyclone ?ushing system, which delivers the most effective 1.28 GPF performance for the best customer satisfaction. The Double Cyclone system also works without rim holes, so there are fewer places for debris to collect, leading to easier cleaning and consistent performance. It uses 20% less water than traditional 1.6 GPF models and features a transistional design.

Manufacturors have also made other bathroom fixtures more eco-friendly. If your bathroom was designed before 1992, your showerheads probably put out 5 gallons of water a minute (GPM). Newer showerheads, like Moen’s eco-performance showerheads in various styles, use as little as 1.75 GPM.

Similar savings can be found by updating faucets to low-flow but high-performance models. Manufacturors like TOTO, Kohler and Moen are partnering with WaterSense, an EPA labeling program that encourages water efficiency and the use of water efficient products. Both of this brands have WaterSense-labeled products that meet the EPA standards for water efficiency and performance criteria. Items with this designation are toilets that are 1.28 GPF, faucets with 1.5 GPM and showers are 1.75 GPM.