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[ECO]: World Water Day Tips

On Tuesday the 22nd of March 2016, I participated in the #1Day10Litres water challenge with Giorgio Armani’s Acqua for Life campaign. As South Africa has been going through a drought and as someone who tries to be as water conscious as possible, I happily jumped on board to show my support.

When I wake up in the morning, I immediately have a glass of water. This is then followed by a cup of tea and then a shower as I get ready for my day ahead. How much water is that already?

The Acqua for Life challenge limited my water usage to only ten litres. This mean’t I had to make sure that every drop counted.

So I knew I would need to set aside between 1.5 – 2 litres for drinking, this mermaid needs to stay hydrated. I then had to make sure I rationed out the rest of my water for cooking, cleaning and for washing myself. This last part included a basin bath for me. I knew there was no chance I could wash my hair so I used Dry Shampoo.

Another tip to save water when it came to the end of the night was with regards to removing my makeup. I used eye makeup remover and a cotton pad to take off my eye make up and then used toner and a cotton pad to take off the rest of my makeup and then splashed my face with a tiny bit of water.

Another tip is that when it comes flushing the toilet, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow”.

Here are some of my water saving tips that I’ve chatted about before:

  • When washing your dishes, save water by using one sink for washing and the other sink for rinsing.
  • Make sure your sprinklers water only your garden, not your walls, the road etc.
  • Make sure the washing machine is full, this way you get the most use out of it.
  • Love drinking your 2 liters of water everyday? Rather use a jug to fill up your glass, not the tap. This way, every drop counts. Also, by just using the same glass through out the day, you save water by not washing a clean one every single time.
  • A bath uses about 120 liters of water, while a shower uses 80 liters of water. Shorten your shower by 2 minutes and you will save about 500 liters per month.
  • Collect water from your roof for your garden.
  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth (one of my pet peeves gosh!).
  • Dispose of your tissues in the trash, not down the toilet. This also goes for cotton wool.
  • Wash your dark colours in cold water, this not only saves water but the colour as well
  • Really lathering up your shampoo? Applying a treatment to your hair? Switch off the water while doing this.
  • When getting fresh water for your pets, throw the water that you’re replacing into the garden instead of down the drain.
  • Keep a bucket in the shower. When your shower is warming up or even when it runs, collect this water and use it for your toilet or your garden.

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In my previous post, I mentioned that I had two readers participating in the challenge with me. Here are their tips for saving water that they learnt through the day:

Scarlet Nguni

” My ‘word’ of advice is to have containers and buckets and glasses on the ready: instead of letting water run in the kitchen/bathroom, have a container on the sink to catch ‘grey’ water when you rinse fruit/veg/dishes – fill a mug/glass with water before brushing your teeth so no water is left running. Keep a small container of clean water for washing face and hands – again instead of leaving water running. You can use all this grey water to water your garden/plants or even fill up the cistern. BIG thing: keep flushing to a minimum – it uses a ridiculous amount of water.” – Scarlet

You can visit Scarlet’s blog here (click on this link).

Aléz Odendaal

Aléz posted such beautiful images and tips during the day which you can view on her twitter and her instagram. You can check out her website here

If you’d like to donate to this cause, visit this link to the Acqua for Life website and click “Make a Donation”.

What are your water saving tips?

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