Water is a part of vitality in our eco-system, and when there is a shortage of this element, it is a chain reaction. Everything is affected by the planets increase in temperatures or decrease in oceans. With the rise of populations, industrial booms and priorities which view us as separate from mother nature, many societies have overused and abused the planets abundance. Just as we cannot afford to live out of our 'financial means', we too cannot afford to live outside of our 'elemental means'.
Learn simple ways to become more mindful of your daily habits so you can take action and become less wasteful. Just as our shortage of water has a negative chain reaction on our eco-system, our personal shift in perspective and lifestyle will help to empower those around us to create a chain reaction that is positive and sustainable.
Here are 3 simple steps to help reduce your water use on a daily basis:
1. Shorter showers
Put on a timer (or song) that is no more than 8 minutes long and challenge yourself to shower within that time period. If you live in a community household or with family, start a water challenge and aim for the least amount of minutes with water running by the end of each week. The person with the shortest amount receives a deliciously cooked meal or is treated to their favorite place for a meal.
2. Eat proteins that save water!
Cattle requires approximately 441 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef! All animal protein requires incredible amounts of resources of both land and water. Legumes (beans, nuts, seeds) and vegetables (green leafy ones such as spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, asparagus) are great sources of protein and require much less water to grow than meat. Beans soak up water and expand as they are cooked and vegetables have a high water content. Try eating less meat in your diet by choosing 1, 2 or 3 days through the week to supplement meat for vegetarian meals. There are numerous amazing vegetarian blogs (My New Roots, Green Kitchen Stories, Ramsons and Bramble) which can inspire your creativity in the kitchen!
3. Tap water vs. bottled water
Here's a shocker: most bottled water is just as contaminated as the pricey bottled water you see on store shelves! Besides the high cost of buying bottled water and small difference in water quality, the impact on the environment is astronomical. The world of plastics and fossil fuels, along with transportation of the bottles, actually creates more issues for health through pollution than if you were to drink tap water from your kitchen! Use a filtered water system to drink your tap water, such as Britta and buy a BPA free reusable water bottle to carry your water with you when you are outside of the home.
Remember that small acts add up. Invite yourself and family to follow these simple steps to make a difference in your home. The more mindful we become about one aspect of our lives (water in this case) the easier it is to transition into other aspects, increasing the well-being of ourselves, our communities and the world.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here