Global warming is no longer a hypothesis, it is a reality. The pressure and abuse that humans have inflicted on the environment is now being repaid to them with interest. In the face of exponential demographic growth and the paucity of resources, conservation and recycling is the word of the day for the rich and poor alike. One of the most important resources is water and it is a resource that has been used indiscriminately without thought for wastage or sustainable development. The greatest wastage of water happens in the washroom as the commode is flushed repeatedly, baths are constructed bigger and bigger to hold enormous volumes of water and the spa and the Jacuzzi put a huge dent in the water supply of a city. Eco friendly bathrooms that minimise the wastage of water are therefore the first priority of any government that wants to do something good for the benefit of the future generations.
Instead of using water to flush away faeces and urine, chemical toilets can be introduced on a mass production basis to save water and be eco-friendly. The principle that works on aircraft and long distance buses should work at home as well. Chemical toilets significantly reduce or completely eliminate the need for water to dispose of the filth. Although the maintenance of a chemical toilet is time consuming and expensive, it is an excellent idea for sustainable development. Today’s pain will become tomorrow’s gain.
Using modern cutting age shower technology and other devices several companies have come up with a shower system that will increase the speed of water flow and provide a finer mist in the form of aerosol spray in the shower, thereby using less water while providing an enjoyable bathing experience. The use of materials like glass panes instead of shower curtains, ceramic and rubber based tiles instead of concrete and fibre glass plumbing systems instead of steel and lead pipes will also contribute to the decrease in the wastage of water and conservation of the environment thereby providing for sustainable development and ecological benefit and harmony.
For areas where there is acute water shortage water recycling is a major idea for producing eco friendly bathrooms. The water that is used for shower and washing clothes can be recycled to be used in the toilet as flush water, thereby increasing the use that the water is put to while decreasing the amount of water needed. The water that is run off from the shower is channelled into a mini reservoir from where it is transported to the cisterns that are connected to the commodes. When the flush is pulled the water flows down the pipes and washes away the faeces and urine, and the fact that the water is a little dirty to begin with doesn’t affect the usefulness of the system or the efficiency of the flush.
A major innovative idea for eco friendly bathrooms is the use of sewage, especially in farms and agricultural enterprises to generate methane gas for use in the kitchens and ovens instead of LPG or CNG, thereby creating a sustainable resource and improving the condition of the environment. The sewage from the cattle pens and the toilets is carried down into a pit where it is acted on by special bacteria and decomposed, producing a mixture of methane and hydrogen gas that is almost as efficient as LPG for use in the kitchens.