Ever heard of harm reduction framework before? If you're not, it's generally an approach to meeting people where they are, usually in the context of addiction, where people are oftentimes denied the support they need short of complete abstinence.
In so many ways, our sustainability POV at Goldune is similar--we think there's a lot of power in a bunch of people showing up to do little things as they are now instead of waiting for a few people to magically become environmentally perfect.
Water feels like a natural place to start the conversation about making changes in our lifestyles and consumption habits. About half the world's population will live in water-scarce areas in the not-so-distant future. People are the third largest consumers of water in the US, behind thermoelectric plants and agriculture, so a big group of people making little changes could move the needle.
We put our heads together on a few ideas to get started making gradual or incremental changes to the ways you use and consume water.
- Tapping your foot, annoyed it's taking forever for your shower water to get hot, watching all that cool water disappear down the drain? If you’re open to it, keeping a bucket in the bathroom or a nearby closet and using it to collect all that water as it heats up is an obviously great way to repurpose water that could otherwise go down the drain. Use it to ill your furry friend's water bowl, water your plants, or fill your mop bucket
- Consider a "low flow" showerhead. The name might be deceiving - you don't have to sacrifice your water pressure! Low flow showerheads emit less than 2 GPM (gallons per minute) instead of the average 2.5. Check for the WaterSense ™ to ensure you're saving water (and $).
- Opt to compost food scraps instead of running them down the garbage disposal with water. It’s a double whammy for the planet, lowering your methane footprint and saving water at the same time.
- We hate to say it, but it does work for some folks… if it’s yellow, let it mellow. (The EPA lists toilets as the largest water source in the home– which means forgoing a flush or two has big impact. It goes without saying that tossing your tissues in the wastebasket or compost bin rather than flushing them down the toilet is a water-win too.)
- Look for innovative household essentials like our Water Saving Colander and Mixing Bowl Set—the bottom piece catches all of the water you drain, which coincidentally often happens to be nutrient rich. Pasta water is a great candidate to use to water your plants or garden, while lots of folks and cultures use leftover rice water to nourish hair as a mask or rinse.
We’re all ears if you’ve got more clever ideas up your sleeve– drop us a line in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org with your best ideas to save water at home.