Three - April 3rd 2011
big disappointment for me is that I had a piece of garbage
yesterday. It was a foil wrapper from a small wet wipe, (the kind you
get with ribs or wings) and if I had actually stopped to "RETHINK"
my actions I probably wouldn't have used it. I just as easily could
have washed my hands or used a squirt of hand sanitizer (I keep a refillable
container in my bag)
that I think about it, the hand sanitizer probably isn't that good to
use either. Our germaphobic tenancies are as a result of constant media
drilling the idea that we must kill all germs to survive, when really
we are doing more harm. Sure it's a good idea to practice safe food
handling technique and to wash your hands with soap and water if you
have a cold or have come into direct contact with someone who is contagious,
but most germ killing cleaners are more harmful than the actual germ
focus is on water.
after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner (originally The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere)
is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
written in 1797–98 and was published in 1798 in the first edition
of Lyrical Ballads. Modern editions use a later revised version printed
in 1817 that featured a gloss.
Live @ 5 for a recap of day 3.
Water, Water, Everywhere...
A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water
A bathroom faucet generally runs at 2 gallons of water per minute.
By turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving, a person
can save more than 200 gallons of water per month. The toilet alone
can use 27% of household water.
UK HOUSEHOLD WATER USAGE STATS
Activity Average weekly use Litres used - per activity
Cost per use (UK Pence)
Bath 2 80 per bath 15p
Toilet 35 8 per flush 1.52p
Gravity Shower 7 35 per shower 7p
Power shower 7 80 per shower 15p
Washing machine 3 65 per wash 12p
Dishwasher 4 25 5p
Garden 1 540 £1.03
Washing car 1 (4 buckets) 8 per bucket = 32 litres 6p
Washing car (hose) 1 400 - 480 76p - 91.2p
TOTAL approx. 2000 litres / week
WATER USAGE: BEFORE AND AFTER
implementing, one can save 30% of water
EDUCATION, FUN AND GAMES
OF DRYNESS - JAMES WORKMAN - THE
a channel of water a meter deep, a kilometre wide, and 7 million
kilometres long—long enough to encircle the globe 180 times.
That's the prodigious amount of water it takes each year to produce
3,000 calories of food a day for each of the world's 6.1 billion
down into smaller quantities, a calorie of food takes a liter of
water to produce. A kilo of grain takes 500-4,000 liters, a kilo
industrially produced meat 10,000 liters. Surprising numbers, indeed.
Add 2-3 billion people by 2050 and accommodate their changing diets
from cereals to more meat, and that will add another 5 million kilometres
to the channel of water needed to feed the world's people. Where
will that water come from?
Water Saving Ideas
Water collection tank:
Collect the rainwater, store in a tank and use for all flushing.
Then we don't need to get piped water.
Could possibly use collected rainwater for laundry machines as well
Laundry machine water can go into another hopper and be used for
toilet flushing as well!
Host - Alison
Research - Gien
Used natural and existing lighting
- Single location for feature topic and live @ 5 daily recap
- No toilets were flushed in the making of this video
- Zero Waste on
us in pledging to reduce waste.
Brent in Japan.
for his column
each day with tips,
tricks and trash
talk from Toyko.
here, when one is going about one's early morning "business",
one often has the luxury of a heated seat, warm water wash for "front"
(ladies) and "back" (ladies and gents), as well as the
ability of increasing or reducing the water pressure as desired.
On fancier model toilet seats, there is a deodorizer, a dryer (!!!)
and one can even select "massage" or "pulse"
if one felt so inclined! Our seat, unfortunately, lacks the pulse
and massage option. (The landlord is known for his thriftiness...)
thing that ALL Japanese toilets DO come with, however, is the water-saving
choice of "big flush" or "small flush". The
character on the left in the photo below means "big" (i.e.
POO). The character on the right is for "small" (i.e.
PEE). For a full-tank- flush, push the lever to the left, and sayonara
big business! For a much smaller flush, push the lever to the right,
and sayonara small business! Water is saved. The toilets at my gym
have a much more sophisticated flushing/washing system as you can
see in the photo on the right. Basically, though, if it's just an
in and out job, push the button on the left for a full flush, and
the one on the right for a partial flush. VOILA!
our house, we try to use the "If it's yellow, let it mellow.
If it's brown, flush it down." school of thought. No sense
in flushing away urine every time you go! I must pee about 15 times
a day, and that would be close to 200 liters or more of water literally
down the drain! If you don't want to do it for the environment,
then think of your pocketbook and all the money you'll save by not
flushing each time you use the loo! WASTE NOT! WANT NOT!
rinse, heat, jets, massage, dry...
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