Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly
A recirculating water pump, installed under the sink, delivers hot water instantly, so there's no waiting around when you turn on the tap (from $367, gothotwater.com). "It saves three to five gallons of water every time we use it," says Jason Pelletier. The couple also have a low-flow toilet, which "uses only 1.6 gallons of water per flush," says Jessica Jensen. The aerating showerhead by Delta Fluidics ($30, amazon.com) "saves about 2,500 gallons of water per person per year," she adds. "You use less water, but the pressure stays the same. It's better pressure than our old showerhead, actually, and I'm very picky about my shower."
The Lauren Spa collection towels, from a new line by Ralph Lauren (hand towel, $20; bath towel, $30: macys.com), are made from organic cotton.
Jensen favors soaps and lotions by Pangea Organics and Avalon Organics (prices vary, pangeaorganics.com and avalonorganics.com), which are free of synthetic fragrances and feature plant-based materials approved by the European Union Cosmetics Directive, an agency that has banned more than 1,100 ingredients suspected of causing cancer and other illnesses.
The recycled-glass soap dish ($16.50, naturalspaces.com) is made by Fire & Light, a company that crafts products with glass provided by a California recycling center.