There is no doubt that without water there is no life. It is essential for the functioning of all species on our planet. In addition to being present in every cell of the human body, it is estimated that 60% of our body is made of water. Fundamental to the production of food or any kind of consumer good, it is essential to save and conserve water given its importance to our existence.
On a sustainable, balanced, and conscious planet, there would be plenty of water, sufficient for all humans, animals, and plants. However, this is not the reality.
Right now, the world is facing a serious problem of water scarcity, constantly aggravated by the world's economic and social inequality. Other issues such as the climate crisis, pollution, waste and excessive meat consumption all affect water conservation.
According to the United Nations (UN), widespread access to safe drinking water and sanitation is still a long way off. UNICEF also corroborated this data by pointing out that only less than half of the world's population has access to treated water. More than 2 million people die each year from illnesses caused by poor sanitation!
It is urgent to take steps to save water and help our planet. Today we present a list of simple tips for saving water and thus increasing environmental preservation:
1. Reduce the duration of the baths Turn off the tap while the water is not used when lathering or shampooing. The same technique should be used when cleaning your teeth as there is no need to have water running. Note: A tap running for 1 minute can use up to 2.4 gallons of water!
2. Sometimes water takes time to heat up. Putting it in a bucket avoids wasting all those gallons of water. Later the amount saved can be used to water the garden, flush the toilet or even wash the floor - it works with rainwater.
3. Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when it is at full capacity. This way, you avoid unnecessary and “little” washes, which eventually waste exorbitant amounts of water.
4. Reuse the same dishes (but always maintaining hygiene). This tip is for people who drink water during the day, removing one glass at a time from the cabinet. Making a habit of using the same cup avoids overloading the dishwasher. Thus, saving water is very simple.
5. Following the first tip, we encourage you to fill the sink with the necessary water, preventing water from flowing while the rest is being washed. If you prefer, you can simply turn the tap on or off as needed.
6. Wash the car with bucket and sponge, putting aside the hose. Even if you have to fill the bucket several times to replace dirty water, you will always save much more water than using the other method.
7. Water the garden at night (or early in the morning). At this time of day, water evaporation is less, so the amount needed to effectively water the plants is less. Note: Always use a watering can.
8. Avoid dripping taps! Did you know that a faucet in this state can generate daily expenses up to 6.6 gallons? This tip is one of the most fundamental for saving water, as both forgetting and malfunctions can be somewhat recurring situations.
At NÜWA, we strive for water saving by consciously and sustainably producing our shirts. Every drop count´s, so when we save 1560 gallons of water on a hoodie, we know we are actively contributing to minimizing the impact of the fashion industry on our planet without compromising looks, trends and style.
It may seem unrealistic, but all of these attitudes can effectively help the planet and combat the scarcity of water we are witnessing today. Think about it: If every person on the planet, every day of his or her life, saves 2.4 gallons of water per minute while washing his teeth, can you imagine how many gallons of water can be saved over a year?
In addition to taking water-saving measures, it is critical to share these tips with everyone around us: friends, family, neighbour’s. Together we can all make a difference!