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Eco-Friendly Toilets: What To Look For in Selecting One

Do you know how much water you're using with each toilet flush? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, standard toilets now use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, but older models can use anywhere from 3.5 to 7 gallons each time you flush. If you have a large family, your water consumption can run extremely high, but replacing your old appliance with an eco-friendly toilet could help you lower the water bill and beneficially impact the environment. Here are a few features to consider when choosing your eco-friendly toilet:

Water usage

Minimize your water consumption by finding a water-saving toilet. Low-flush toilets use water amounts that range from 1.28 gallons to as little as 0.8 gallons per flush. Some toilets even have multiple flushing options for solid and liquid waste.

Type of flushing

If you think there is only one type of flushing mechanism for every toilet, think again. Different toilet styles come equipped with various bowl-rinsing actions. A few types of toilet flushing mechanisms include:

  • Vacuum assisted.

  • Jet siphon.

  • Double cyclone.

  • Gravity aided.


A basic toilet has a tank, a seat and a curved underside that tapers to the floor. However, the appearance of your average toilet is changing. For example, you can find tankless​, eco-friendly toilets and latrines with a flat base all the way around the bottom of the fixture. A toilet with this sleek, seamless design is a lot easier to clean. You no longer have to try to wipe out any nooks or crannies - instead you can swipe a cleaning brush down the side of the bowl and be done.

If you're going for more of a minimalist look in your home, there is also an option for a wall-mounted eco-friendly toilet. This design has no tank or base, and instead allows you to attach the bowl directly to the wall to conserve space.

Other features

Little kids are not the best at gently putting the toilet lid down when they're done in the bathroom. If you're tired of constantly hearing the top slam down on the seat, find a green toilet that sports a soft-closing seat and lid. With this device in place, you'll always have a blessedly silent bathroom.

The handle placement is another aspect to keep in mind. Most toilets position the flush handle on the side of the toilet tank, but a button is another popular option. These flushing buttons are usually located on top of the tank in the center. If you want to go more traditional, choose a side handle, but if you're feeling adventurous, try something new, like a top button.



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