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Going Green Before We Wash Our Hands

Low Flow Bathroom Sink

Low flow sink faucets are good for the environment and save money. Water conservation is one of the greatly overlooked environmental battles. Water treatment plants exert a tremendous amount of energy keeping up with America’s demand for clean water. While it is important to protect ourselves from germs by washing our hands, how many gallons do we really need?

Low Flow Bathroom Sink
Low Flow Bathroom Sink

Toto manufactures sink faucets designed specifically for water conservation. All of their products are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessible to all people, and the following are Watersense certified. Watersense labeled sink faucets reduce flow by 30 percent without compromising pressure.  If every American installed Watersense faucets in his home, the country would save 60 billion gallons of water each year, enough water to supply the city of Miami for 150 days.

Eco Power Silver Sink Faucet from Toto
Eco Power Silver Sink Faucet from Toto

The Eco Power bathroom sink faucet has a multitude of environmentally sound features. It has an astonishing flow rate of 1.0 gallons per minute. The legal gpm is 2.5. The sink uses smart sensors to start and stop flow. If your hands are full with a toothbrush and cell phone, you don’t have to worry about turning the water on and off or wasting it by letting it run. Just hold the toothbrush beneath the faucet and water will pour and then cease as you brush.

 

Eco Power Sink Faucet with Contemporary Design
Eco Power Sink Faucet with Contemporary Design

The contemporary faucet that looks like a Tetris piece is also from Toto’s Eco Power Series. Installing an aerator will make your sink faucet use half as much water and have twice as much pressure. You can get aerators and install them yourself, but with these Eco Power faucets, the work is done for you.

Eco Power Bathroom Faucet Wall Mount
Eco Power Bathroom Faucet Wall Mount

This Eco Power faucet mounts against the wall.  It actually has a flow rate of 0.8 gallons per minute. The sensor activated hands free faucets are also better for hygiene. Our hands are covered in germs, and everything we touch in the bathroom becomes a new colony for those germs. I’m sure you have heard how the toilet handle is the dirtiest place in the bathroom, but did you know that the average toilet bowl is cleaner than the average office desk surface?

Black Contemporary Sink Faucet with Eco Power
Black Contemporary Sink Faucet with Eco Power

Toto also makes this black Eco Power sink faucet. 0.8 gpm. Toto makes its products from superior materials inside and out to guarantee customer satisfaction. This ends the Eco Power segment of this story. However, Toto has a few more environmentally friendly options for washing our hands.

Single Handle Low Flow Sink Faucet
Single Handle Low Flow Sink Faucet

Toto’s single handle faucet is a low flow fixture made completely of brass. Brass materials are 100 percent recyclable and remain valuable on the market, but the more immediate perk is the material’s durability that lasts a lifetime. This faucet has a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute.

Low Lead Sink Faucet from the Guinevere Collection
Low Lead Sink Faucet from the Guinevere Collection

If you want the classic three piece sink fixture, the Guinevere Collection from Toto has a lovely lead compliant low flow sink that pours 1.5 gallons per minute. Installing a lead compliant sink faucet will reduce the trace amounts of lead that slip into our water from the pipes.

High Speed Hand Dryer
High Speed Hand Dryer

Finishing up the hygienic routine with high speed hand dryer is more hygienic than using towels. The unit hooks up to your house’s air conditioning system. Its high power offers a gust of air strong enough to blow away the water droplets on your hands.
It produces a constant stream of air that lasts up to sixty seconds. Its infrared sensor will send a signal for it to stop blowing when your hands are no longer there.
Toto’s products have to technology to help us save money on utilities, protect the environment and create a safer and more hygienic bathroom.