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From Waste to Wow: 6 Water Saving Tips for your Bathroom!

“you can reduce the flow from around 18L per minute down to 10L… This might not seem much at first, but when considering that a family of 4 can save up to 100,000L per year with such a small change..”

 

Whether you’re a seasoned environmental advocate or just dipping your toes into the world of sustainability or maybe you just want to save on your water bills, this guide is for you. By now you know our mantra, we want to enable anyone who wants to make a change, no matter how big or small, all you need is just the willingness to make your everyday routine a bit kinder to our planet. 

In the posts to come we will give you water-saving tips for all your home, but today we’ll start by discussing a room in everyone’s home in which we take care of most of our hygiene routines, the bathroom. You’ll quickly realise how with some simple conscious decision you can transform and streamline your bathroom into a space that reflects your sustainable goals. 

 

Together we’ll see how each of the  6 water saving tips below will help you save water surprisingly fast and easily;

Low-Flow Fixtures in the Bathroom

Fix Leaks Promptly

Take Shorter Showers

Collect Shower Water for Plants

Install a Dual-Flush Toilet

Opt for Sustainable Bath Products

 

Low-Flow Fixtures in the Bathroom

Let’s kick things off with a splash of water-saving wisdom. The old water-guzzling fixtures are beyond their expiry date now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not questioning your styling preference but rather the waste aspect of these fittings. Low-flow fixtures are the IN thing now and we hope they remain so for a long time. Fixtures like Low-Flow shower heads cut water usage by around 40% with no noticeable difference to anyone showering under it. Depending on the water pressure and the shower head model, you can reduce the flow from around 18L per minute down to 10L. This might not seem much at first, but when considering that a family of 4 can save up to 100,000L per year with such a small change it quickly gets you thinking, right?

Low Flow Shower Head

Fix Leaks Promptly

Ever heard the rhythmic melody of a leaky tap? It’s like the universe’s way of reminding us to fix what’s broken. Until you get it fixed, don’t let those drips go to waste, they quickly add up. Make sure that they land into a bucket, you’ll have water to flower your plants, and most of all you avoid damage to your house or even worse, get you in trouble with your neighbours. Most leaks, such as that coming from a loose tap are pretty simple to fix, requiring only a few tools and an online tutorial. However, if you are not sure you can manage on your own or if it’s a serious issue, professionals are just a phone call away.

 

Leaking Tap

 

Take Shorter Showers

Shower time is for some, one of the preferred parts of the day, it’s the time when most unwind after a long hectic day and relax. Sometimes whilst showering it feels as if time stands still… but it doesn’t, it never does, and neither does the water, it keeps flowing at a rather fast rate. Cutting a few minutes from your home-made spa can save tens of liters of water, especially if you don’t have the low-flow fixtures discussed earlier installed. If however, you really want to pamper yourself, consider taking a bath instead of longer showers.

 

Collect Shower Water for Plants

I’m sure you’ve learned this early on in your life, you never open the tap whilst standing under the shower head, especially in winter! When you do forget, however, you’ll get quite the chilly reminder. Most showers and baths take a couple of minutes for warm water to start flowing through, cold water needs to be taken out of the system, especially if you are taking the first shower of the day at your house. Just keep a small bucket handy and place it under the shower head or tap and use it later to water your plants or even to flush the toilet. You’ll realise once you start collecting this water, how much of it would have gone to waste without giving it a second thought. 

 

Install a Dual-Flush ToiletWater Saver Displacement Bag

Time to upgrade the porcelain throne to a water-conserving masterpiece.  Dual-flush toilets allow you to choose between a full or partial flush based on your needs. Most flushings can be adapted to this system so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of changing your toilet. 

However, if the above modification is not an option, we have an easy solution for you – Water Saver Displacement Bag. These are simply small sealed thick plastic bags that you fill up with water and carefully place inside the flushing compartment. What it does is that it reduces the amount of water that comes out each time you flush, essentially reducing it by the amount of water used to fill up the bag. Quick, Cheap and Easy!

 

 

Opt for Sustainable Bath Products

Another important water-saving aspect that is often overlooked is the products you use in the bathroom, personal hygiene, and cleaning products alike. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by us at Rebels with a Cause, in fact, we addressed it very vividly and it resulted in one of our favorite products yet, our waterless, natural shampoo and hair conditioner bars!

Shampoo Bar

We guarantee with great certainty that most of the products you use in your bathroom have at least 50% of them by weight made up of water. This is a pretty common standard for consumer products and at face value, this might not seem strange or of particular concern. However, this small detail becomes a very important one when we look at the fact that only 2.5% of all the water on earth is freshwater, of which only about 1% is accessible or potable. In fact, during the manufacturing of our shampoos and conditioners, we save around 40% of water that would otherwise be needed to make traditional products. When adding a year’s worth of production, we save thousands of liters which can be used for other much more important activities. Let’s not forget that readily accessible, safe drinkable water is still out of reach for many communities around the world. 

Therefore, with each Rebels with a Cause shampoo or conditioner bar you use, not only are you saving 2 plastic bottles from being made, but you also save thousands of liters of water from being wasted during the manufacturing process, transportation and storage, when compared to traditional liquid shampoo or conditioner products.

 

Being waste-conscious doesn’t have to be a chore, when thinking of where you want to start just remember that every drop counts, every flush matters, and every sustainable choice has a lasting and overreaching effect. Imagine the impact of your choices rippling out, creating a wave of change that transforms not just your bathroom but the world around you. Let your bathroom be a testament to your commitment to a better present and future.

So go ahead, let the sustainable vibes flow! Don’t forget to share with us your experiences and tips, we’d love to hear from you! 

 

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