Archive for the 'bathroom' Category

Toilet Lid Sink

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

This is a great water saving idea – so simple and ingenious that you wonder nobody invented it before. When you flush the toilet, fresh water from the clean water pipe comes out of the spigot tap automatically for you to wash your hands. The hand-washing water fills the tank as you wash, ready to be recycled for the next flush. This is a plastic molded fitting that will fit onto a standard tank instead of the lid.

Not only is it a great water saving idea, but it also works well as a space saving feature, when there isn’t room for a full size basin in a small toilet or bathroom. I can see it taking off as a feature in public toilets in eco-friendly resorts too. Perhaps the only possible drawback is the danger of the soap slipping into the toilet itself!

It’s not cheap but it is much more affordable than buying and installing a separate sink. There is also a deluxe version for $20 more that aerates the water as it flows, using even less water.

Costs $99 direct from TierraPath

Eco Hair Dryer – Soft Shiny Hair Using Less Energy

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The new technology used in this eco hairdryer allows it to use less energy than traditional hairdryers. Did you know that traditional hair-dryers give off electromagnetic radiation? With a ceramic heating element instead of the usual coil heating, this hairdryer emits a lot less electromagnetic radiation, so is healthier and uses half the energy. When operated on full power with both switches turned to max, it dries your hair in half the time too, leaving it free of static and so much softer and shinier. It comes with two nozzles for directional blow-drying, several heat settings and a long 11ft cord.

So if you struggle with hair frizzing when you use a conventional hairdryer, worry about the health implications of aiming radiation straight at your head day after day, or just want to use energy more efficiently, this does seem to be worth the investment.
Costs $149 from Gaiam.com

Bath Water Filter For the Faucet

Friday, February 11th, 2011

It’s easy enough to filter the water we drink, but what about the water we bath in? Most water supplies today are full of chlorine and when we bath in that water we get dry, itchy skin, brittle hair and even red eyes. By attaching this simple filter to the bath faucet, we can take out most of the chlorine and make our baths revitalizing and relaxing again. The filter uses a high purity copper zinc formula and only needs replacing every 8-12 months, giving a huge improvement in water quality. You might need to run your bath slightly more slowly than usual so that the water doesn’t overflow the filter, but the wait will be worth it.

Filter costs $64 from Gaiam
icon with replacement filters costing $42.

STOP In Time™ Shower Timer

Sunday, April 4th, 2010


Have family members who monopolize the shower while running up your utility bills? Remind them to cut it short with this clever timer. Rotate the hourglass when you step inside the stall, and when all the sand moves to the other side, your time is up—dry off and get out! Available at AM Conservation Group, $2.99.

Water Saving, Low Flow Shower Head

Monday, March 1st, 2010


Save energy and conserve water while getting a luxurious shower with this self cleaning and maintenance-free shower head, which delivers a steady flow despite your water pressure for an unbeatable price! Available from by New Resources Group at Amazon $5.00

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