1 green thing: Cabin fever? You could ‘green’ your bathroom

By Jan Herbert

Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

1. Eco-friendly bath tissue—Nobody wants to use what feels like it still has sticks left in the paper! Look at this site http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/forests/tissueguide.

2. Water could be the next natural resource in short supply, so plan to install a low-flow showerhead (usually around $40). It could reduce your consumption by 25 to 60 percent. If you use less water, you heat less water as well. If nothing else, cheat yourself out of a couple of minutes a day of shower time. Take your watch off before your shower, check the time, and then look again when you’re done. You will probably be surprised how long you were in there. Most green organizations recommend a five-minute shower. (Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth to save even more.)

3. Toilets represent 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption! Replacing an older toilet with a low-flow toilet can save 9,000 gallons of water a year. Holy cow…I sure hope all building departments require low-flow toilets in new construction.

4. Most women want to anyway, so go ahead and replace your vinyl shower curtains. PVC and PVC-coated curtains off gas plasticizers. PVC is linked to potential hormone disruptors, and mildew loves to build up on vinyl curtains and liners. Look for nylon liners and organic cotton or hemp shower curtains that you can toss into your washing machine. Read about them online, and then call around until you find what you need at a local store.

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.

From the Jan. 20-26, 2010 issue

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