It’s Water Saving Week 2016 and this seems like a good time to remind you living sustainably isn’t just about saving carbon. Did you know that in the UK we now use 70% more water per person per day now than forty years ago?
With the exception of Belgium and Cyprus, the UK has less water available per person than any other EU country. Even more surprising – the south east of England has less water per capita than the Sudan or Syria.
So here’s a few ideas of things you could pledge to save some water and look after our planet, we suggest you support Martin’s campaign to carbon match his trip to Budapest (he’s promised to write us a blog about his train odyssey), but you could donate your pledge to any public campaign you like.
- Shower power – there are plenty of reasons to take shorter, cooler showers: saving time, money, and energy for starters. On average we spend 8 or 9 minutes a day in the shower, making up about 12% of our water usage and costing up to £918 a year.
- Cistern saver – Use a water hippo. Yep, you read that right, get yourself a hippo. But no, we’re not talking about the animal, we’re talking about this. The water hippo is a small container you pop in your toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water you flush each time you pull the handle. Toilet flushing takes up more than a quarter of the water usage in an average home, so let’s start flushing with purpose!
The less obvious
- Eat up – Water is used throughout the food production process. Each person throws away the equivalent of 280 litres of water a day with the food they bin. That’s double the amount of water the average household uses every day.
- Passion fashion – The textile industry uses huge amounts of water. It takes up to 2,720 litres of water to produce one cotton t-shirt – that’s about the amount of water that an average person drinks over 3 years! Increasing demand for virgin clothes caused by our ‘throwaway fashion’ culture has added pressure to the pressing issue of water scarcity. Intensive cotton farming in Kazakhstan has reduced the Aral Sea to one-tenth of its original volume in just a few decades.
Join us in pledging one of our water saving Do Actions and start reducing your water consumption today. Don’t forget you can also support our very own Martin on his campaign to carbon match his overland train trip to Budapest starting this weekend.