Today, all the people taking a walk on the conscious side, celebrate a very special day. It is 22 March: World Water Day, declared by the UN so access to drinking water is an essential and universal human right.
This year 2019, the motto is “Leaving no one behind”. This is directly linked to the key promise of the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the sustainable development progress should benefit everyone.
Goal 6 of the SDG is to guarantee drinking water and sanitation to all human beings by 2030: “Leaving no one behind”.
To achieve this goal, this fundamental right should be granted to all the people in need. And it is necessary that since today, in the development countries, we understand the value of having free access to drinking water and sanitation in our lives. What does this exactly mean? If we continue wasting drinking water the mission to universalize it will be hinder and on top of that we put at risk the survival of this basic resource. The droughts are more common every year and the splurge will be paid dearly. Let’s think before using drinking water: let’s do it for us, for our children and for all those people who do not have access to it.
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In this article we point out 3 tips and 9 very simple daily actions which will help you save drinking water.
- A healthy and balanced diet is not only sustainable for you but for the planet and it helps saving water! Increasing the consumption of vegetables and reducing the consumption of meat extends our lives and that of the environment. This interesting article explains it: Inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water.
- Opting for sustainable fashion also helps saving water. The fast fashion needs massive cotton plantations which in turn need million litres of water every year. Get surprised by the following fact: one normal cotton T-shirt needs 2,000 litres of water and one pair of jeans, 11,000 litres.
- We can’t forget that the incorrect management of resources has a direct impact on water! Reducing the use of plastics and recycling as much as possible will help looking after our rivers, seas and oceans and the underground. Get surprised by the following fact: only one mobile battery that is not adequately recycled can contaminate 600,000 litres of water, Wow!
9 daily simple actions
- Turn off the tap every time we do not use water, for example, when cleaning our hands, having a shower, cleaning our teeth or dish washing…
- Heat up only the amount of water you are going to use to cook or for your tea. Heating up more water and then throwing it is a big waste of water and electricity.
- Defrost the food at room temperature and not by putting it under hot water. By doing this, we are saving energy and at least 22 litres of drinking water.
- Now (at least in Spain) we have the right to ask for tap water in restaurants, ask for it! Note that to produce one water bottle of 1 litre, at least 4 litres of water are needed. Not really balanced… another tip is to always carry a reusable water bottle in your bag and refill it.
- Don’t use the toilet as a rubbish bin. For example, throw the cotton you use to remove your make up in the rubbish bin not the toilet.
- Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full. This gesture helps saving at least 3,700 litres of water every month. Investing in energy efficient electrodomestics is a good long-term solution.
- Clean the fruit and vegetable in a container instead of cleaning them directly under the tap.
- Irrigate first thing morning or last thing in the evening to avoid water evaporation. And our plants will be grateful as this reduces thermal contrast.
- Putting a barrel in the garden to collect rain water is super useful as we can then use that water to irrigate or clean the car instead of using drinking water.
Last but not least, we share with you the measures taken in Momoc with respect to the use of water, if you follow us you might already know them:
- We use chrome free and metal free leather, so the water used during the tanning is not contaminated and can be reused.
- For our eco packaging we use organic cotton, reducing the waste of water and not contaminating it.
- We use the printing technique for the original pattern on our shoes, so no water is wasted.
- The leather is handmade dyed avoiding the use of water (generally leather is dye with a washing machine which uses tons of water).
Together we walk towards a more sustainable planet. We hope this article was useful and we are grateful if you share with us other tips to save water. We look forward to receiving your ideas on topics you are interested in, email us at email@example.com. You can always stay tune by subscribing to our newsletter.