If leaving the tap on while brushing your teeth can waste as much as 36 litres of water, those lazy 10 to 20 minute showers that wake you up in the mornings can waste a lot more.
- The average person uses 150 litres of water a day which can be cut by at least one third.
- Wasted water is recycled. But that means it is cleaned again, so it will contain even more chemicals.
- To clean water which has been used, it has to go through a long process of cleaning and filtering. This costs a lot of energy, time and money.
- 783 million people don’t have access to clean water.
So as part of the Four Minute Shower Challenge, we’ve come up with some ways to make your challenge easier:
Sing in the shower
Time your shower to the length of your favourite song! We had a little browse for you to see what songs are more or less four minutes long, and we have found some absolute gems!
- The circle of life – The Lion King
- Remember the time – Michael Jackson
- Is this love – Bob Marley
- Happy – Pharrell Williams
- Put the lime in the coconut – Harry Nilson
Some water-related ones:
- Singin’ in the rain – Gene Kelly
- Waterfalls – TLC
- Umbrella – Rihanna
- Pure shores – All Saints
And there are many, many more. Just be careful not to slip on the soap while you’re dancing!
Long hair? Turn the shower off while you’re shampooing or conditioning your hair.
A leave in conditioning treatment? The bottle might say three minutes but a little longer will leave your hair feeling silky. So once applied, wrap your hair in a towel and take some time, half an hour, an hour, to tick another thing off your to-do list (or even lose yourself in a book for a while). Save your treatment for an evening or weekend treat one a week and get more out of it- and save water!
Hand washing: Invest in a washing up bowl or always put the plug in the sink. Water is wasted by people running the tap and rinsing their dishes. A bowl of hot soapy water is much more economical.
There are many other clever ways of saving water. If you are looking to be a little more radical with your water saving techniques, have a look at this video by Youth Radio – Seven weird ways to save water:
- Read the Nature’s friend section on water, right here on the Simple Things website
- 11 water-saving Lifehacks
- Green Living blog – The Guardian
- Water Wisely – Thames Water
Research and writing – Natasha Pearce