Monday, April 14, 2014

Silk Earth Month: Water Conservation!

Silk loves water and is committed to conserving this natural resource everyday. In fact, drinking Silk not only provides delicious, plant-based nourishment, but also conserves water because producing Silk saves 500 gallons of water per half gallon over conventional dairy milk.

Silk realizes that conserving water is everyone's responsibility and Earth Month is a timely reminder that we can all do our part. In fact, Silk has launched a series of short, animated videos designed to celebrate, inspire and educate people about the importance of water. Silk is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to help advance water conservation efforts across the U.S. For every "share" of one of Silk's Earth Month videos, Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (up to $20,000).

Check out Silk for some great ideas on how to conserve water now and going forward. In the meantime, here are some interesting water conservation facts and ways you can conserve water in your daily routine!

In the kitchen...

Fill the dishwasher. Never run the dishwasher when it's less than full. Doing so wastes more than water; it wastes power and your own energy as well.

Don't rinse with running water. Whether pre-rinsing for the dishwasher or after handwashing, fill the sink or a bowl with an inch of water to rinse the dishes. If you're using a bowl, that water can go into your compost or garden.

Use one cup a day. Designate one glass a day for your beverages and do fewer dishes every night.

Reuse your dishes. Many times dishes don't need a full wash to be reused. Examples would be a measuring cup used for water, a plate with only a few sandwich crumbs. Use things as many times as is sanitary before washing for more water conservation.

Wash dishes once a day. If you're hand-washing, save up your dishes for one wash and use a third the water. You can rinse them throughout the day with warm-up water to make your evening job easier. All rinse water can go in the garden or compost.

Scrub your hands with the water off. Similar to the military shower described above, this "soap and save" technique turns the water off while you suds up. You could save a quart or more per handwashing by only turning the water on to rinse. Compare it yourself with a plugged drain to see the amount of greywater washed away.

Tighten the faucet. Not turning the water off completely is an easy mistake and can waste several gallons before you realize it's still dripping.

Wash fruits and veggies in a bowl. Running water uses up to four times as much and is lost down the drain. Use a bowl instead and the water can be used in your garden when you're done.

Thaw frozen food without water. Use the fridge to thaw your food to conserve water and decrease contamination.

Store drinking water in the fridge. You'll use less water waiting for the tap to cool down and less ice is needed to keep it cool.

Silk wants you to help us celebrate water! Every time you share one of Silk's water conservation videos, Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (up to $20,000) to help with water conservation efforts. 

I was compensated for this post but the views and opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. WhiteWave is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This giveaway is not administered by WhiteWave or its affiliates, but solely by myself.