I love that wonderful quote, “All things are possible, if you truly believe”
I decided to write about the California drought this week, in the hopes that maybe it could help inspire others to make some changes in their life, through conservation, that could ultimately help everyone.
I will start by saying that I am not a doomsday person. I believe in you and I and us, and I believe we are all capable of creating the changes in our own lives and in the world, especially when things are not going the way we want. We all must stand in our own specific power and through that power, we can help others and change anything.
Okay, so one of the things that I strongly feel needs to change now is, how much we humans can waste on a daily basis, from food to water and more. There are all sorts of reasons why human beings continually do this, from not paying attention, to being too busy or to not really caring at all, whatever the reason, we need to shift our patterns and step into a new mindful reality. We must choose to be conscious around the choices we make, which ultimately helps each and every one of us. For we truly are all one, we are all in this together and we must look out for one another and by doing so, we can change our future on a global scale.
With that said. Why wouldn’t you want to help Mother Earth to replenish, stay pure, clean and healthy, so that she remains beautiful and fruitful for all of us now and for future generations?
WE ARE THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE
WE ALL REALLY NEED TO WAKE UP TO THAT
We, Southern Californians, are after all, living in pretty much a desert, a built up desert. I think we forget that overall, because we have all the conveniences around our daily life, but the bottom line is, if you strip away all of the buildings, what is left? A desert, a desert that is propped up by water that comes from a whole bunch of other sources and some not even from our state. And until we get a whole lot of rain and snow pack (that I absolutely believe can happen, as anything is possible!) we must really see the reality of where we are at. That it really is, serious business now, us and water.
THINGS WE CAN DO
Here are a couple of ideas that I started incorporating on a daily basis a while ago to help save water. Obviously, some may resonate and some may not, but hopefully it will help you to find your own perfect ways to conserve. It is also my belief that together we can do anything!
I love the feeling of luscious, green grass beneath my toes, who doesn’t? But, for California right now, specifically, the lawn will unfortunately drink the precious water that you may want to actually drink in the future. One must weigh the outcomes; on the one hand “pretty lawn” on the other hand “water to live” which one really makes more sense. Right? Please if you have a home and a grass lawn please try to shift into a desert landscape as soon as you can, when it is done well it can look really beautiful, while also helping to save our much needed water.
Please check out this article on yahoo. A yard or garden doesn’t need to be grass to be beautiful:
I love how the thyme looks, this specifically shows, that there are alternatives.
Install low flow shower heads and low flow toilets, I believe this is mandatory in California, and may also be in effect for other states as well, but for any other states that don’t have it, this will automatically start helping you to conserve water. Also, of course, the following is a given, but you would be surprised how many times it is ignored or not noticed. Please make sure to check all of your faucets and pipes to make sure there are no leaks, that goes for running toilets as well, even if it’s a small leak, it adds up really quickly.
I have been finding reusing water really helps me to see the bigger picture of sustainability. How one seemingly small action can create a dynamic through the larger eco picture. Meaning if I boil something and it’s still pretty much clean water (like if one boils eggs etc) I will cool the water down and use it to water plants or clean some dishes or wash the floor. If it is dirtier, I will use it accordingly, like to flush the toilet. Nothing in a sense, goes to waste, everything is continually used in different ways for different things. It is sustainable and quite ingenious, in how it wakes one up to really see and think in an even more environmentally conscious and friendly way.
I do not leave water running from the faucet when I am using it. I turn it on and off as quickly as I can. I also don’t run it at capacity, I use a slower flow to use less.
I use watered down dishwashing liquid by Ecover and BioKleen, when I am washing just a few things. I find watering it down still cleans the dishes, but one doesn’t need a whole ton of water to rinse them off. I am watching carefully to not have any water run needlessly down the drain. I try not to turn on the faucet full force and I try to have a light uniform flow for the sink and for the shower as well. I am consciously watching that I am not using too much and I make sure my dishwasher is fully loaded before I use it and I do the same in regards to my laundry in the washing machine.
I flush the toilet only when it is absolutely necessary, and I have been using the gray/captured shower water and my soapy hand wash laundry water to do that. Once you start saving and re-using water, you will really notice how much you use on a daily/weekly basis.
I use my hand wash last rinse water to water the plants. I say the last rinse water so as to not put any chemicals that may be left from the detergent on your plants. Even better yet, use a great natural soap for your laundry, that’s what I use. I love the BioKleen and Seventh Generation product lines and no I am not affiliated with either one of them what so ever, other than loving their products. : )
I have a little bottle of spring water that I use to rinse my toothbrush and I also use it to wash my face. I find that turning the tap water on, usually wastes more water then I need to use to clean off my toothbrush or rinse my face. Also I have noticed that the automatic water faucets in a lot of public places, seem to run too long. If you have the same kind of faucet at home, please check and see if there is a timer so that they can be adjusted to turn off more quickly.
In the shower, I don’t leave the water running and sometimes, if I find I am not excessively dusty/sweaty I will jump in and out really quickly. I water down my shampoo so I use less water to rinse the shampoo out and I also water down my body soap. I will also turn the shower off while soaping up and then turn it back on to rinse off. I keep a pail under the bathtub faucet for unused shower water that drips off the tap, that I can then use to clean the bathtub, the sink and also flush the toilet.
During my showers, I plug the bathtub to hold water and I always make sure I have my rubber mat down in the tub, so as to not slip in the shower with the water collecting. Obviously, please take the normal steps that you would need to take to avoid slipping etc) When I am done I fill the buckets/pails with the water that collected in the tub during my shower. It does take a little bit of extra time and effort to do, but it is well worth it, as you will see just how much water you really use during your shower time and you will probably take a shorter shower because of it. I never really realized how much water went down the drain until I started doing that. What is really great from collecting shower water too, is that the gray water I collect really gives me the water to flush my toilet. So I don’t waste any precious, clean water flushing a toilet and I really love that.
So this is what I am doing so far and as I mentioned I love the feeling of not letting water go to waste, while also using it in the most efficiently, sustainable way. If I come up with or learn of any other ideas I will post them!
Thank you so much for reading! Until next time!
Love, Guinevere xo
Posted May 25, 2015
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