>> Monday, June 14, 2010
Mondays are challengicious at The Conscious Shopper. Like last week, this week's water-related challenge is:
Reduce Your Outdoor Water Use
Just a few more random tips for you this week:
- Periodically check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses for leaks.
- Clean your driveway or sidewalk with a broom instead of a hose.
- Install water barrels to catch the rain water from your roof.
- Weed your lawn and garden regularly so your plants don't have to compete with the weeds for water.
- Drive your car through a commercial carwash that recycles water rather than washing by hand. If you do decide to water by hand, wash your car on the grass so you can water the lawn at the same time.
- Limit the amount of concrete and wastewater runoff in your yard by using porous materials for walkways, patios, and even driveways.
In addition to trying to reduce our water usage, we also need to be mindful of what we're putting into our water. Every time you pour something down the drain, it ends up in our water supply.
- Are you pouring hazardous materials down the drain? This includes things like paint and motor oil but also cooking oil. Be conscious of how you dispose of materials that could be harmful.
- What chemicals are in your personal care products and cleaning supplies? Do your household cleaners contain phosphates, which cause algae blooms that choke out fish and other marine life?
- Are you using your toilet as a trash can? If it didn't come out of your own body, it shouldn't be flushed (with toilet paper the exception).
- Are you spraying your yard with pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizer? In pursuit of the perfect lawn, many people don't think about the end result of all of those chemicals sprayed in our yards - one good rain, and it runs right off into the gutter, where it ends up in our rivers, lakes, and water sources.
(One more way that we add chemicals to our water supply is through our pharmaceuticals and birth control products. I'd love to have a post about this during our water challenges but don't have time to research right now. If anyone wants to do a guest post on this subject here at The Conscious Shopper, let me know!)
Will you take the challenge?
- Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography