The year 2030 represents the point of no return on climate change issues and the consequences can be devastating, but as individuals we can put in place small sustainable actions within our community to help stop it. Learning how to save water is one of them.
Water occupies almost 80% of the planet’s surface and, although it seems like an abundant resource, less than 1% is sweet, that is, suitable for human consumption. While two billion people lack access to drinking water and, in less than a decade, 700 million will be displaced from their homes due to lack of liquid, saving it and keeping it clean guarantees more sustainable growth for the future of the new generations.
Now, did you know that more than 40% of the water we consume is hot? If we save part of the water we use, we will be saving the energy required to heat it in almost the same proportion.
Do you want to get to work? In this article we talk about the simple tricks that you can adopt to significantly save water while carrying out your hygiene routine. Take note!
How to save water in the shower
1. Take a shower
We all love a bubble bath, but it’s a luxury that doesn’t do the planet any good. On average, a bath in a tub uses between 130 and 190 liters of water, while a 10-minute shower with a low-flow head uses only 95 liters.
2. Collect the cold water
Put a bucket under the shower while you wait for the water to heat up, and use it afterwards to water the plants, flush the toilet, wash the dishes, or mop the floor. It is a simple way to save water.
3. Change your shower head to a low-flow one.
That term refers to fixtures that use the least amount of water to perform daily activities, such as bathing, washing hands, or flushing the toilet.
Conventional heads discharge around 20 liters per minute, while low-flow ones deliver only 10 liters per minute or less! Worth the investment: every drop you save is an achievement.
A good option is to install an aerator. Aerators or atomizers are small pieces that can be adapted to the outlets of faucets, hand showers, hoses and shower heads. Its function is to mix water with air, without losing comfort or the feeling of having the same amount of flow. They reduce water consumption by up to 50%.
4. Fix leaks and drips
Make sure there are no leaks in the faucets, shower, or any other component of your bathroom system. Even a small leak can result in significant water waste over time. The wasted drops can reach 37 to 95 liters of water per day.
5. Reduce time in the shower
If you tend to lose track of time while showering, try turning on some music and keeping track in your head of how many songs you spend in the shower. Make an effort to stick to just one song (long ones don’t count).
You can also optimize your routine with multifunction products. In the newsroom we love the 2 in 1 shampoo Sedal Ceramides. With ceramides, retinol and collagen, it nourishes hair from root to tip to make it five times stronger and shinier. In addition, it is free of animal cruelty (PETA) and its bottle is 100% recyclable.
However, if you prefer to use a regular shampoo, opt for a leave-in conditioner to save water. we like the Dove Micellar Care Daily Moisturizer, ideal for hair exposed to daily wear and tear. Leaves hair hydrated and ready to style.
6. Turn off the tap when you don’t need water
Make sure the faucet is not running when you wash your hair, soap, put on a mask, wax, or brush your teeth. This simple gesture will allow you to save water almost without realizing it.
7. Space out your showers
According to an article by Olga Khazan for The AtlanticWe Mexicans tend to shower more than once a day and we wash our hair almost every time, much more than the rest of the countries! Excessive cleaning is not always necessary and, above all, it prevents us from saving water.
While there is no ideal frequency, experts suggest that showering several times a week is sufficient for most people, unless they are dirty, sweaty, or have another reason to shower more often.
8. Reuse water from the shower
If you have the possibility, install a system to reuse shower water. Here are two common methods:
- Gray water collection system. This system involves collecting shower water after it has been used, but before it has been mixed with chemicals such as soap or shampoo. The collected gray water is directed to a filtration system where impurities are removed and purified for reuse. Typically used for landscape watering, car washing, toilet flushing, and other non-potable applications.
- Water recirculation system. In this, the shower water is collected and returned to the house’s hot water supply system. The water passes through a filtration and treatment system before being heated again for use in the shower. This allows the hot water to be recirculated and avoids waste by waiting for the water to heat up again. It is a more complex and expensive option to implement, and is typically used in larger homes or commercial buildings.
Both systems require proper installation and in some cases may require permits or comply with specific regulations. Consult with a plumbing expert or water systems professional for specific advice and to ensure that it complies with regulations in your area.
Remember that every little action counts when it comes to saving water in the bathroom. In addition to these measures, it is important to raise awareness about the responsible consumption of water in all aspects of our daily lives. Let’s talk more about it! Follow us on Instagram (@allthingshairmex) for more tips.