How to Save Water In Every Shower
Wondering how you can make your daily shower more sustainable? We’ve got five water-conscious switches
Cutting down on water is one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to make your beauty routine a little more planet-friendly. While we don’t advocate skipping your morning shower all together (well, not if you still want your colleagues to like you), there are several ways to save that all-important H2O. From no longer waiting for the water to warm up, to switching to a solid shampoo bar, here’s how water-aware types can cut down on their usage.
Turn the water off while you lather up
Who doesn’t like a long, steamy shower? Well, it doesn’t spell the best news for your water usage. Instead, try to use the wet stuff only when you really need it. Known as a ‘Navy shower’, instead of keeping the water on throughout your wash, simply switch it off once skin is wet then lather in your products. All you’ll then need is a quick blast of water to rinse away your product, and voilà, a conscience that’s equally as clean as your freshly washed skin.
Not only does this water-saving hack allow your products time to properly get to work (we can’t be the only ones who have combed through a hair masque just to watch it rinsed seconds later) but you’ll cut down your water usage with every single shower by using it only when and where you need it.
Try waterless products
Shampoo bars use up to 80% less water than their bottled counterparts. If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce the water you use in your morning shower, then we’d suggest switching to the solid stuff. Formulated with a whole host of naturally derived ingredients, our Love Beauty and Planet Muru Muru Butter & Rose Shampoo Bar keeps colored hair looking vibrant and healthy, while our Love Beauty and Planet’s 2 in 1 Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo & Conditioner Bar leaves hair strong and volumized.
Don’t wait for the warm up
Modern-day showers are, well, modern. This means they generally don’t take more than a few seconds to warm up. If you stumble out of bed, stick the shower on and then brush your teeth before you contemplate stepping under the shower head, then, we’re sorry to say, you’re wasting water. Instead, pop your shower on a few seconds before you’re ready to get clean. You’ll be surprised at just how quickly the water will have warmed up.
Create a bathing playlist
We don’t advocate belting out power ballads at 6am and waking up your other half or roommates, but if you lose track of time in the shower, sudsing up to a single song can help you be more conscious about water. Three to four minutes (the average length of a song) provides ample time to get clean, and sticking to it will make you realize how much time you’ve previously been spending in the shower that could be put to better use. Like putting that pile of laundry away, perhaps?
Save bathtime for treat time
We love bubble baths as much as the next person, but as a bath usually uses between 35-50 gallons of water (which is up to double that of a ten-minute shower), it’s a good idea to think of baths more as ‘spa time’ and keep them for a treat at the weekend. During the week, have snappy showers and make them indulgent by picking beautifully scented, cruelty-free formulations. Our hydrating Love Beauty and Planet Cactus Flower & Basil Bath & Shower Gel will give you an early- morning pick-me-up, while our Love Beauty and Planet Cherry Blossom & Tea Rose Bath & Shower Gel is spot-on for switching off before sleep.