Welcome readers of megsmakeup.com! It’s Chichi here with another Green Chi Tuesday. I admit it – I take way too long to shower. I love the quiet and relaxing alone time a good hot shower provides. But I know I’m wasting precious water as it literally goes down the drain with every long shower I take. Living in Southern California, the drought conditions have been on my mind. We have had a record dry spell that has severely affected our water supply. And the story is the same over many parts of the world. I keep hearing horror stories that fresh water will be the next commodity we will be fighting our wars over (and not in a hilarious way like that Waterworld movie.) So, before we get to such dire straights, I’ve been doing some research at Water – Use It Wisely where they have a great list of 100 practical water saving tips. Plus the site is full of helpful information and links for the water conservationist in all of us! Here are some of their simple tips we could all implement into our beauty routines with ease:
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Doh, this one is so obvious. I am guilty of standing next to my sink, absent-mindedly brushing away, while water runs out of the spigot and right down the drain. If you remember to turn off that faucet, you can save 4 gallons a minute. (That’s 200 gallons a week for a family of four!)
Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up. Since winter and long, warm soaks are in my future, I need to remember this simple tip. My bathtub faucet can take some time before the water turns hot, but why let all that water rush down the drain? You could also fill up your watering can with the cold water, plug the drain when it gets warm, and than water your house plants while the tub fills up!
Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. This one is going to be hard for me, but I am going to work on it. I placed a timer next to my tub and I may have to taper down from my usual routine to make it in less than five minutes. By shortening my shower time, I can save up to 1000 gallons of water a month!
Just in time to test my willpower, I visited desertdoll this weekend and discovered Korres Mint Tea Showergel in her guest bathroom. I loved it so much I had to “borrow” it from her so I could write about it for all of you (see how much I care?) Korres Natural Products is an all natural line based in Athens, Greece and all of their products are full of ”top quality plant extracts and essential oils, which enchant the senses and effectively treat the skin. These natural ingredients are safe, effective, and provide nourishment to the skin without synthetic ingredients you don’t need like mineral oil and propylene glycol.”
The Mint Tea Shower Gel is my new favorite shower item. It lathers up into a great foam that smells bright and fresh. The gel rinses clean away without stripping my skin – wheat proteins and aloe help leave my skin soft and moisturized. Plus, the invigorating scent wakes me up and gives me the energy to get out of the shower at that five-minute market!
Anyone else have a water saving tip we could use? And I know some of you beauty goddesses have already discovered Greece’s own Korres Natural products. What do I need to try next?