Toilet

10 ways to Green Your Toilet

Don't flush your eco-consciousness: find out how to tame your home's largest water hog.

  1. Flush less often

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    Don't use the toilet as a trash can and employ the rule "if it's yellow, let it mellow..." Each bowl left unflushed saves gallons of water.

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  2. Flush with less water

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    Place a filled plastic jug in the water storage tank to take up space. Or choose one of many available products to achieve the same goal by modifying your existing flusher.

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  3. Check your toilet for leaks

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    Leaky toilets can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. Find out if your toilet leaks and fix it by replacing old parts yourself.

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  4. Choose recycled toilet paper

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    Toilet paper made from virgin pulp often comes from old growth forests, important carbon sinks that are rapidly disappearing.

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  5. Install a dual flush system

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    Standard in water-stressed countries like Israel, these systems flush with less water for liquid waste and more for solid waste.

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  6. Dispose of pharmaceuticals properly

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    Keep medications away from your toilets. Most wastewater treatment facilities aren't equipped to filter these substances, so pharmaceuticals flushed down the toilet turn up in drinking water supplies and can harm wildlife.

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  7. Install a high-efficiency toilet

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    High-efficiency toilets (HETs) use less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf) and can save over 4,000 gallons of water per person per year.

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  8. Create a composting toilet

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    These systems are waterless, (almost) odorless and use natural processes to turn human waste (a.k.a. "humanure") into a usable fertilizer. They can reduce household water use by 50 percent.

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  9. Install a graywater system

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    Capturing "graywater" and reusing it for things like flushing can cut a home's water use by nearly half while posing no health risks.

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  10. Recycle your old toilet

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    Some cities have recycling programs for toilets. The porcelain is often used to make concrete for roads and sidewalks.

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