The dual flush toilet is an important advancement for flush toilets offering 2 types of flushes.
Instead of 5 x 6 litre flushes each per day, if each member of a 4 person household flushes 1 x 6 litre and 4 x 3 litres per day, that would save around £35 per year.
There may be over 7 million old style toilets in UK, these could be using up to 13 litres of water for each flush. Put a 3 litre container full of water in the cistern and it will reduce water usage immediately, saving a family of 4 around £44 per year.
Many people do not flush the toilet every time they have a wee, saving a lot of water and money! If you flush 1 x 6 litre and 2 x 3 litre per day instead of 5 x 6 litre, the savings for a family of 4 could be as high as £53 per year.
Buy a dual flush toilet if you need to replace an old unit.
If possible use a gravity flush toilet.
The best option if you are in a position to do so, is buy a composting toilet
GreenPeace provide a guide to forest-friendly toilet paper.
Make sure the claims make sense to you. What is your toilet tissue made from, waste paper or pulp? What percentage of the total is recycled material and is it from a sustainable source? Does it make any claims for safe bleaching processes, such as ‘chlorine free’? If the label isn’t clear, don’t buy the product.
Check the source of all the base materials (recycled and virgin pulp) in your toilet tissue. Manufacturers can source raw materials from post-consumer sources (office paper, newspaper, magazines), from pre-consumer sources (off-cuts from printers, waste packaging discarded after shipping) or from wood pulp (essentially the waste materials from lumbering businesses).