10 Ways To Save Water, The Planet, + Money This Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Mother Earth needs some lovin’ – always, but especially if you live in California, where our water resources and quickly diminishing. So what better day to take a moment to learn about saving some H2O than on Earth Day?!

Thankfully, our friends at Aveda (who have raised over $38 million to protect clean water since 2007!) have compiled a list for us on simple ways we can help the environment.

Whether you do it to create a better world for future generation, to save wildlife, or to protect trees, tap into your inner flower child this Earth Day and read on…

10 Ways To Save Water

Fill up to cut down. Make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are filled to capacity before running them—to cut energy and water use. You can save even more by air-drying your clothes on a clothesline.

Make meals meatless. Skip meat one day a week and save thousands of gallons of H2O! It takes up to 5,000 gallons of water to produce just one pound of meat. Looking for fabulous vegan recipes, click here!

Compost to conserve. Compost fruit and vegetable peelings and waste instead of using the garbage disposal. You’ll save gallons of water each time! Get started here with a composting kit!

Plant ice. Place ice cubes under the moss or dirt of your potted plants and hanging baskets to give your plants a cool drink that won’t overflow. Use leftover ice from your drinks instead of wasting it.

Save electricity—and water. It takes about 2 gallons of fresh water to generate each kilowatt-hour of traditional electricity. So turn it off if you’re not using it!

Prevent pollution. Buy organic produce—because runoff from traditional farms can pollute water. Also recycle electronics, appliances, fluorescent light bulbs, silver batteries and paint—to help keep pollutants out of the water supply.

Pick great plants. Choose native plants instead of a traditional grass lawn because they don’t require herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers that can pollute water.

Shower smart. Get wet, then turn off the water. Apply shampoo and give yourself a little scalp massage. Rinse and turn off the water again. Condition your hair and cleanse your skin. Rinse. Save 5-10 or more gallons of water a day!

Brush better. Turn the water off when brushing your teeth. Save 4-10 gallons a day!

Skip the bottled water. It takes three times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it! Carry a refillable glass water bottle instead.

For more information, connect with your Earth Month Clean Water Partner all year long here.