Spring is the time of year when most design and decor aficionados begin their home projects and renovations. Although you might already have your new dream bathroom already planned, there’s one unique accessory you might not have considered.
According to HGTV star Sebastian Clovis, the Save My Reno and Gut Job host said there’s one specific bathroom trend he’d love to see Canadians – not to mention all of North America –continue to embrace.
“It’s an old technology and has been around in Europe for a long time,” he teases with a laugh, before revealing the home reno trend he readily champions – bidets. Yes, those funny low-to-the-ground plumbing fixtures located next to the toilet that allows you to wash your nether regions in an eco-friendly and sanitary manner. Invented in France, bidets steadily grew in popularity throughout Europe yet, strangely, never took off in Canada or the United States. For all our insistence on living a zero-waste and sustainable lifestyle, it hasn’t exactly translated into major bathroom renovations – yet.
“I think, at some point in time, we’re all going to realize that it would be great to have some type of a bidet situation,” Clovis says. “It’s part of the new wave that everybody is on right now and that’s the zero-waste movement.”
If you need a little more convincing before trying out one for yourself, Clovis breaks down his reasoning even further.
“There are so many people out there who are very concerned about our environment, me being one of them, and we are trying to buy the least amount of things as possible – the least amount of clothes, the least amount of packaging,” he says. “We’re looking for companies who take back cardboard boxes once they deliver something or at least have recycling programs.”
If the 2019 numbers Fortune crunched are accurate, the average American uses three rolls of toilet paper a week, which is essentially gutting Canadian forests – and Canuck bathroom habits likely aren’t far behind. And after the infamous toilet paper shortage in March 2020, it might be time to consider upgrading your bathroom with a bidet of your own.
“How many times a year do you go out and buy giant rolls of toilet paper that just go into the sewage system, needlessly?” Clovis asks. “A bidet serves as a way to avoid making those purchases. If bidets aren’t currently becoming a trend, I’m trying to make them a trend!” he laughs.
Are you on the lookout for more home design trends? Sebastian Clovis will be appearing at The National Home Show in Toronto and we couldn’t be more excited. Watch his talk Gut Job Renovation Tips with Sebastian Clovis on Saturday, April 23 at 12 pm on the HGTV Canada Main Stage.
Also, be sure to tune into the premiere of his new show Gut Job on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada. It will also be available on the Global TV App and on STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels and Rogers.
Published Dec 17, 2019, Updated Apr 12, 2022