This week is Water Saving Week in the UK, and we're sharing some tips from our favourite sustainable bloggers, activists and brands surrounding saving and conserving water!
Reduce your Shower Time
Take a shorter shower to help save hundreds of litres of water a week, we recommend a 4 minute one and an easy way to keep to this is to play one of your favourite 4-5 minute songs and try to shower before it's done. You can find plenty of watery songs on our Waterwise Shower Playlist on Spotify if you need some inspiration!'
Go Natural with Cosmetics
Wearing natural based sunscreen, using natural hair and body products not only does wonders for your body & hormonal health, it's an amazing way to keep the ocean cleaner, especially if you're visiting remote islands where water run off kills the local coral and fish. My top tip is to buy solid bars of soap, conditioner and shampoo - they don't count as liquids in your luggage, they're plastic free and they last for much longer than liquid options. Be sure that your products are vegan so you know you're not supporting any unsustainable fishing too!
P.s. essential oil blends make great bases for natural perfumes which support your body's hormonal functions rather than modern perfumes which disturb them.
Switch to Sustainable Menstrual Products
Mainstream period products can contain up to 90% plastic and it's estimated that around 1.5-2 billion of them get flushed down UK toilets every single year, shocking right? When this happens, they enter the sewerage system and if they are not captured, they end up in our rivers, flow into the sea and wash up on our beaches. They contribute to ocean plastic pollution and overtime their plastic content breaks down into smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics and fibres.
You can tackle this by switching to sustainable menstrual products like eco-friendly tampons and pads, or reusables such as cloth pads, period pants, and menstrual cups! Another step you can take whether you use eco-friendly products or not, is to make sure never to flush these items down toilets.
- Ella Daish (Sign the #EndPeriodPlastic petition here)
Lower Your Wardrobe's Impact
Try to invest in one item that will last a long time rather than lots of cheaper items that won't last very long.
Wondering how the fashion industry uses so much water? Read our post on the impact of Organic Cotton here.
Some Tips From Our Instagram Community...
- Use the shower water which is wasted (while you're waiting to heat it up) to water plants! - @addzero_
- You can use your boiled water (from veg or pasta) as plant food. Make sure to not use salt. - @beeblossoming
- Time your shower with your favourite song. - @pregnantperformer
- Use a timer in the shower, only put the washing machine on when full and don't leave the tap running. - @vkerrr_m
- Make sure to use the eco cycle on the washing machine! - @fwardlaw
- Turn off the shower whilst shampooing/conditioning your hair - you don't need running water. - @cel1818
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