Ok, so if you didn’t know, we are having a MAJOR, MAJOR drought in California.
& this post is about the little things YOU ( & I ) can do to make a BIG, BIG difference.
…I think it’s very important to utilize the Internet to spread awareness, especially when there’s a community of people involved. I’ve partnered with Niagara Conservation to help spread the word on how you can make small changes that create a world of difference.
On that note, let’s hop right into it.
The water sitch is real guys.
Every day I do small, little things to help conserve water.
Glad you asked.
Firstly, the obvious: I don’t take 29384723947 hour showers. I’m in & out. Baths are few & far between because 1.) I’m a busy bee & 2.) taking a bath 3 times a week is a huge freaking waste of water.
The next, very much obvious thing: I never leave the water on while brushing my teeth. Ever. It’s actually a pet peeve. Anyone else?
We also installed a water-saving shower head & it’s awesome. Easy – took one second & it saves a TON of water.
To be entirely honest, when I was in college I would run the dishwasher or washing machine when there was barely anything in it. Made eggs? Ran the dishwasher. White pants needed cleaning? Threw it in the washing machine.
Now though? I’m much pickier.
This may sound weird but I like a full dishwasher & full washing machine before I run it. Exception: if I don’t want to mess up my clothes, I’ll run white pants, a white tee, a white dress, & a white bra together. No need to JUST run the white pants. You live & learn.
Now let’s discuss……..TOILETS.
A toilet seems like a weird thing to talk about, but it’s really not. & what else do you expect from The Skinny Confidential anyway? A toilet is actually something you & I use everyday… Really, think about it, everyone on the planet uses a toilet so why not make it the right toilet? I’m all about helping the planet in small ways because, let’s face it — small changes every day make a huge difference.
For our LA condo, I worked with Niagara Conservation to install their new Ultra-High Efficiency Single Flush toilet that not only helps save water, BUT is also very inexpensive at only $149 & stylish (yes, a toilet can be stylish – trust me ). Plus, you may even get a rebate from the water supplier just for installing it — to find out if you’re eligible, check here. BUT let’s go deeper: the main reason I’m obsessed? WELL, it’s the MOST water efficient toilet on the planet.
Every day I feel like I’m making a difference when it comes to the water problem. All because of our new toilet, LOL.
You should know that an average toilet’s flush uses anywhere from a container of milk TO a fish tank of water. I MEAN, WHAT? Yes — completely true. It goes deeper though. One dumb toilet wastes a freaking SWIMMING POOL of water a year.
Once I found that out & we were looking for a toilet, I immediately wanted something more practical. If you’re interested in spreading the word on this crazy wasteful situation, you can check out this campaign.
The guy who installed it took 20 minutes.
It was in & out, a total WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM, bang-it-out kind of thing.
Jenni Pulos from Flipping Out did a whole campaign about the toilet & I was immediately sold after watching her informative video. She also said she stopped watering her grass as much & actually noticed that the grass grew MORE.
To fully wrap up the toilet talk: try not to use your toilet as an ash-tray or waste basket. Just use the toilet for the its intended purpose.
We can’t all be perfect but little changes can make a huge difference when we’re properly informed.
OK, I’ve been wanting to do a post on water conservation for a while now. Needed to get all that off my chest. Thoughts on this? I would love to know how you guys conserve water. Are you mindful of this even if you don’t live in California? What’s your take on this?
Chat soon, lauryn x
+ this post is in collaboration with Niagara Conservation. All opinions are my own.