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Every Drop Is Vital

Water conservation

Water neutrality is a self explanatory, though misleading, concept. It basically refers to encouraging all water users to engage in normal day to day activity whilst using the least water as possible. This can be done by adopting water conservation measures that limit the use of water without compromising results attained by using water liberally. It is misleading in that water neutrality can never be achieved, not even theoretically. Unlike carbon emissions, water usage cannot be reduced to nil. Water neutrality can be achieved by developing and using technology that will minimize the use of water in human activity. It… read more

OrbSys Shower Saves 90% of the Water, 80% of the Energy

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Considering how precious clean water is in our world, and the amount of energy it takes to clean it and heat it and deliver it to our homes, letting the water in our showers run right down the drain, most of it without even touching us, seems rather silly and wasteful. But a new type of shower system could take our wasteful shower habit and turn it into a water and energy efficient method of getting clean, as it is said to save up to 90% of the water and 80% of the energy, when compared to a standard shower… read more

Water Aid Project Takes Man Across Earth

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To raise awareness for Water Aid, independent filmmaker Graham Hughes traveled across the globe on a teeny-tiny budget, filming his adventure. As part of the trip, Graham didn’t travel by plane, rather, he hopped on trains, buses, cars, bikes, and walked to each destination. After it was all said and done, he made a video showing what every country on earth looks like for one second. Check it out below: Water Aid is a charity based in the U.K. that partners with local water sources to deliver aid to drought-suffering areas, and other services. Graham will soon be preparing a… read more

Save Our Thirsty World

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With some places in the world facing scarce water supplies and some others trickling into the beginning stages of water shortage alerts, water conservation awareness is a must. Though many of us take having a daily water supply for granted, water scarcity around the world is a fundamental issue. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a typical U.S. household containing 4 members uses around 400 gallons of water per day just at home, with most of this being from indoor water use. This is more than twice the daily worldwide average, comprising a large amount of daily water use as… read more

Four Ways To Save Water At Home

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Water is one of those commodities we take for granted and tend to use exorbitantly. Whether it’s showering, washing the dishes, watering the garden, or doing laundry, we usually don’t give a second thought to the amount of H2O we’re consuming. If you lucked out and live in an apartment or home where the water bill is taken care of, that’s great, but it’s still a good practice to conserve your water. After all, you never know if the next water shortage might be just around the corner, leaving you high and dry. Let’s start with the easiest one on… read more

Flash Mob Flashback

Flash Mob Flashback

The flash mob craze can be credited to an experiment put in motion by Bill Wasik in 2003. After the first few spontaneous demonstrations, people and companies became hooked, as flash mobs were an innovative way to spread the word about any relevant, or even irrelevant, idea. The majority of flash mobs were meant to be lighthearted, fun, and of course, unexpected and out of place. Smart mobs are a heightened form of public demonstration, and often try to bring light to important issues or controversial subjects. Marketing Green offers a brief review of the flash mob strategy and its technique… read more

Educational Water Activities for Kids

Educational Water Activities for Kids

Fostering environmental awareness at an early age through participation in informative activities results in an increased knowledge base and encourages earth friendly behaviors that can last into adulthood. Incorporating water play into a curriculum is a fun way to teach kids about water conservation concepts. Though agriculture accounts for a large majority, household water use is responsible for a great portion of waste. According to water conservation statistics, the typical household in Australia uses up 11% of their water source for daily activities, and the U.S. is predicted to consume over 10% of the entire world’s water supply reserved for… read more

Living Off The Grid

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While few have actually accomplished it, the dream of disappearing from the grid is usually the stuff of Hollywood movies, where some old society-fearing individual decides to build his own establishment far from populated areas. After a quick reality check, we can say with certainty that this is not the case; not at all. Choosing to live independent of electricity, running water, and other government provided services does not make you an outcast. In fact, it is encouraged. However, it does not mean one has to trek to the wilderness of the desert, or the encompassing foliage of the forest…. read more

Sustainable Schools

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Sustainability in schools encompasses six key areas: water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, green spaces, environmentally friendly transportation, and sustainability education. The first step to making a school more sustainable is to establish a sustainability team that includes students, teachers, other staff and, ideally, parent volunteers. This team must evaluate the school’s environmental friendliness, determine which issues can be feasibly addressed, create both short- and long-term goals, and develop an action plan. It’s also beneficial to consult with other sustainable schools and organizations to learn about best practices and to celebrate successes in meeting sustainability targets. The following are specific… read more

Flushing It Away

Effective water use

In 2011, I bought my husband a dual flush toilet for Father’s Day, and he bought me one for Mother’s Day. I installed them one weekend when he wasn’t looking, for his birthday – best gift EVER.  We live in a 1,200 square foot home in Albany, NY. It is approximately 90 years old with one and a half bathrooms (hence the two toilets).  We reduced our overall potable water usage by 25%. Now, there’s not really any money savings for us in this.  The cost of water in Albany is not much at all.  Only one of the toilets… read more