World Water Day is coming up, so we thought it was time to look at simple ways to save water, without giving up great style! Saving water helps preserve a vital natural resource, conserves energy, and helps protect our waterways as well. And it doesn’t require an all-or-nothing approach;little things can have big impact. Small, every day choices can change the world for the better.
Shower shorter—try taking less time in the shower. Use a shower timer to help keep you on track. For even more motivation, create a playlist that’s the right length and put a speaker in your bathroom. Save things like shaving and brushing your teeth for at the sink where you have better control over how much water you use, and turn off the water while sudsing up. Showering accounts for about 17 percent of indoor residential water use.
Give up plastic water bottles—not only do they generate trash, but there’s a lot of water waste that goes into making and transporting those bottles. Swap them out for refillable, reusable, recycled stainless steel water bottles instead. Bonus, your cold drinks stay cold for 24 hours. Prefer your morning beverage hot? It’ll stay hot for 12 hours.
The average American uses 140 to 170 gallons of water each day—that includes bathroom uses like showering, brushing teeth, flushing, etc, as well as eating, drinking, and washing clothes and dishes. Low-flow shower heads, aerated faucets, and low-flush toilets are all good measures to reduce the number of gallons going down the drain each day, but small, incremental lifestyle adjustments are the long-term answers.
Our bodies are mostly water, over 70 percent by volume. Approximately 97 percent of the world’s water supply is salty, or otherwise undrinkable. About two percent is frozen, leaving only one percent fit for consumption. If every person in the US conserved just one gallon of water each day, it would add up to over 85 billion gallons of water saved each year.
Little changes can have big impact.