Sunday, August 10, 2008

Five-Minute Shower Challenge

On Your Mark. Get Set. Shower.

We all take it for granted. We all waste it. We all know how good it feels to stand under a stream of if after a long day. There are approximately 6.6 billion people on the planet. We have only one planet. 70% of which is covered with water. Over 1 billion do not have access to clean, drinkable water. It is vital that we conserve this most basic and precious resource. Water. That's right you lay-superheros. Its time to step it up. Demonstrate your commitment to conservation. Use your cell phone, your watch, or your little brother to time yourself, an egg timer. Slim down to an attractive rigorous five-minute shower. If you're already there, then challenge yourself to cut one minute off your time.

To sign up, email brooklyngreen@gmail.com and write I Shower Fast! Include your first and last name and zip. Please pass on to friends and make the impact stronger.

THE FACTS.
According to the EPA, every American uses an average of 100 gallons of water per day. The average shower length is 8 minutes. By reducing that to 5 minutes, you can reduce the amount of water you use by nearly one-third, or roughly 10 gallons per day.
Reducing the length of your shower by just one minute could save you up to 1,825 gallons a year.
Need even more inspiration?
Try reading former President Jimmy Carter's speech on the energy crisis from 1979. Rings very true still today and also very inspiring.

SOME HELP.
Turn your shower on and get yourself soaked. Then turn off the water while you lather, shampoo and shave, then turn on the water for a quick rinse.

Try using an eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner - not only better for the environment, but washes out faster - cutting your time.

Keep a bucket in your bathroom (if you have room) and catch the water while it is heating up to water your plants.

Install a low-flow showerhead.

You Can Do It. We Challenge You.
POW! You've Been Greened!

5 comments:

Alex with the Navy Shower said...

I might be a little bit late for this one. But if you want to save water and thus protect the environment I can strongly recommend the Navy Shower.

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

Could someone explain to me why water-use, f.e.by showering, is bad for the ecological system?
Apart from the gas heating the water, and with that CO2 emmissions, that part I understand.
But isn't it the case that water, after it has been used for showering, eventually returns and integrates in the natural/ ecological system and can be used again? It is not dissapearing after showering is it?
Water can be used over and over again, contrary to f.e. plastics which can't return to nature?
Hope to receive some more insight in this matter...
Best, David

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