Catalysts for Change
(Part 5 of 5: Clean Water Epidemic)
Catalysts for Change
When thinking about the global water epidemic, it can feel overwhelming and often times find ourselves saying, “What can one person do to make a change?” In fact, one person can make more of an impact than you could even imagine. One person alone can influence everything from water conservation to accessibility. Let’s review some super simple ways you can begin making an impact and become a catalyst for change.
There are simple things that you can do around your home that can easily influence the overall water shortage around the globe. The simplest thing to do is conserve water by fixing leaks, using energy efficient appliance, and using a few random water saving tips. One tip is to keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain while you wait for the water to become cool. (Better yet, get a pitcher with a filter on it!) Secondly, only run your washer and dishwasher when they are full and save up to 1,000 gallons a month. Also, did you know that dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand? And finally, simply shortening your shower by a minute or two will save up to 150 gallons per month. Even better, if you keep it under 5 minutes, you’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month. Small changes around your home can have a tremendous effect on the global water shortage.
Of course, there are many great non-profit organizations that you can give your time and/or money in support of their great projects – great projects like The Ocean Cleanup Foundation or The Water Project. However, there are ways that you can help contribute to accessible clean and safe drinking water for everyone. Support impactful organizations working toward clean water initiatives through the products you purchase.
For example, LifeStraw is a company with a mission to provide clean water across the globe through their LifeStraw Follow the Liters Program. This program, launched in 2014, donates a portion of their sales for any LifeStraw product (anywhere in the world) to the purchase of LifeStraw Community purifiers. These purifiers are distributed to schools in developing communities. Ultimately, each consumer purchase provides one school child in a developing community with safe water for an entire school year. Starting at only $30 per water bottle, this is a great way to contribute to a fantastic cause while providing you and your family with clean and safe drinking water. LifeStraw is not the only company out there donating portions of their sales to global water initiatives, you just need to look for them.