- 21 Mar 2017
We are all water wasters! It may sound dramatic, but the reality is, in our day-to-day lives every time we use water, we waste water. And it’s not even just a little bit of waste… approximately 80% of the water we ‘use’ flows straight down the drain1.
It’s this notion that led to this year’s World Water Day theme, waste water. When you consider that over 663 million people are living without safe water2, the 80% of water we waste becomes an extremely poignant topic, and is the reason why every year on March 22, World Water Day looks to tackle the current water crisis.
Being wasteful isn’t the only issue, waste water management is an extremely neglected issue with most waste water from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flowing back to nature without any form of treatment – when in fact we could be exploiting waste water as a valuable resource1.
With the global demand for water expected to increase by 50% by 20303, and a steep rise in urbanisation set to see 70% of the world’s population living in cities by 20304, the need to utilise waste waster and implement proper waste water treatment cycles is imperative.
Creating water cycles, reducing your water use and most importantly, reusing water that would otherwise be wasted can start at home – looking at the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and outdoor living, we’ve put together some simple changes to your daily routine that will protect ecosystems and reduce and recycle water in your home.
…when it comes to washing up, an energy efficient dishwasher is going to use less water, but this is only true if you only turn it on when it’s full; so make sure you stack it correctly and maximise water use! If you’re washing up by hand, avoid leaving the tap running and rinse dishes in a half-filled sink instead.
…the kitchen is the room in the home that probably sees the most waste. Make sure you make proper use of your kitchen bin, recycling bin and kitchen composter and avoid letting oil, rubbish, chemicals and food scraps going down the sink and contaminating the water system. A sink strainer is a great option for making sure nothing but water heads down the drain.
…cleaning your kitchen with ENJO helps with waste water two fold. Only needing a small amount of water to clean a large surface will reduce your water usage, and the fibre technology that allows ENJO to give your kitchen a superior clean requires no chemicals, which means no chemical waste in your water.
…water is an important cooking tool, but there are a few simple ways you can reduce and recycle your cooking water. If you’re boiling water for vegetables or pasta, only use the amount of water you need (just enough to completely cover), and then reuse the cooking water on your plants once it has cooled. When it comes to washing fruits and vegetables, the ENJO Fruit & Veg Cloth is specially designed to remove unwanted residue with minimal water. Forward plan and defrost frozen foods in the fridge overnight instead of soaking in water.
…keep a reusable bottle of tap water in the fridge for drinking; this means you won’t have to run the tap waiting for the water to cool.
…showers are big water wasters, but there are a few things you can do combat the waste. Time your showers so that you’re not spending more than 4-5 minutes getting clean. Invest in a water efficient shower head and by placing a bucket in the shower you can collect the grey water to feed your garden or wash the dog with! Santé by ENJO is a simple skin care range that can also reduce water and chemical use by allowing you to cleanse and exfoliate in the shower using nothing but water.
…firstly, make sure you’re not using your toilet like a bin; even items like makeup remover wipes and cotton wool should never be flushed and can cause so many problems to your local water ways and marine life. Invest in a kinder, less toxic toilet cleaner with more plant-based ingredients.
…when brushing your teeth and shaving at the sink, make sure you turn the tap off in between use, this is such a simple way to prevent water waste. Remove makeup and cleanse the skin with Santé by ENJO, this will reduce water use and prevent chemical and microbead products heading straight into the ocean.
… ENJO’s Bathroom Range allows you to clean effectively without chemicals and just a small amount of water, plus bathroom floors can be kept spotless without the need for a bucket and mop, the ENJO Floorcleaner Fibres only need to be damp to loosen and lift dirt with ease.
…when it comes to lightening the laundry load, reduce your water use by making sure you only use the washing machine when it’s fully loaded. Greywater from your washing machine is also a valuable fertilizer for the garden, plus reusing it ensures it stays out of sewers and septic systems.
…when sourcing a new washing machine, be sure to invest in an energy and water efficient model. Front loading washers tend to use less water the top loaders, and because they use less water, they need less detergent.
…choosing your laundry detergent carefully can help when it comes to protecting the environment. Avoid detergents that contain phosphates, when washed into the environment they can cause algae blooms which have devastating effects on aquatic life. Instead look for plant-based and vegetable-based ingredients and detergents that indicate they are biodegradable.
…cleaning your car presents plenty of problems when it comes to saving water and protecting waste water from contamination. Using ENJO’s Car Glove and Car Miracle means all you need is a bucket of water to clean your entire car – no running hose, and no chemicals running straight into the drainage system – simple, but effective!
…collect it! This is such as simple way to recycle water straight from the sky to use at a later date when the days are long and dry.
…when choosing your outdoor foliage think succulents and drought-resistant trees! They are a great option for Australian gardens, they need hardly any water and you’ll get all the greenery you’re after for your outdoor oasis with minimal fuss.
…when watering the garden, firstly use up any greywater you’ve saved up from the shower and washer. Water gardens in the morning, this way you’ll lose less water to evaporation meaning you’ll use less in the long run. When it comes to keeping the grass green, make sure you stick to the watering timetable set by your shire; deep soaking your lawn is also important, you need to soak down to the roots or else it’s a wasteful exercise.
…washing your dog too often won’t do their coat any favours, but when the time comes to wash your pooch, kill two bird with one stone and wash them outside on the lawn so your grass gets a water too.
…ENJO’s Outdoor Range is great for keeping outdoor dining areas clean without chemicals and with minimal water waste. Opt to sweep paths, driveways and porches to keep them clean as opposed to watering them.
2. WHO/UNICEF (2015) Progress on sanitation and drinking water, 2015 Update and MDG Assessment https://www.wssinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/resources/JMP-Update-report-2015_English.pdf
3. 6 UNHABITAT (2016), World Cities Report 2016: Urbanization and development: http://wcr.unhabitat.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2016/05/WCR-%20Full-Report-2016.pdf
4.UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2014), World Urbanization Prospects: 2014: https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Publications/Files/WUP2014-Highlights.pdf