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Take A Green Shower

Author: Marguerite Willett

Take a green shower

Taking a green shower doesn't mean you are using green colored water, it means you are practicing ways to help the environment even while showering. You don't have to limit your earth-friendly tendencies to recycling and carpooling to work, staying green-minded in the shower is quite simple.

First, think how much water you use. If you are like most people you spend an excessive amount of time in the shower. In fact, Tree Hugger states that Americans spend 2.5 gallons of fresh water every minute in the shower.

Although a shower can be a great way to wake up in the morning or relax after a long day, by spending unnecessary time in the shower, you are wasting a valuable natural resource. Consider keeping track of the time you spend in the shower in a creative way. For instance, you could take a radio in the bathroom and only stay in for the duration of two songs.

Making your own shampoo and conditioner is another great way to help the environment. By doing so you can reduce the amount of wastes that potentially end up in landfills in the form of plastic shampoo bottles. Furthermore, many store bought chemicals contain chemicals that end up in lakes and oceans, and are harmful to wildlife. There are a variety of shampoo and conditioner recipes that are easy to make using ingredients you likely already have.

Finally, when it's time to dry off do not reach for a new towel every time. Not only is washing extra towels going to waste additional fresh water, it can also increase your utilities bill. Try using the same towel for several days and you probably won't even notice the difference.

Make being green a part of every step of your day. Taking a shower is not the time to slack off from your environmentally-friendly ways, try a green shower today!

In Brief

  • Taking a green shower doesn't mean you are using green colored water, it means you are practicing ways to help the environment even while showering.
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