Are you searching for ways to be more sustainable and help the environment? Our lifestyle and water choices influence our so called water footprint – a concept introduced by the waterfootprint.org.
Today many of us are aware that our lifestyle choices have a huge impact on our future and are looking for ways in which we can reduce our water footprint. The concept of a water footprint was introduced to promote the transition towards a more sustainable, fair and efficient use of fresh water resources worldwide.
ZeroWater is here to provide you with an explanation of how YOUR water choices impact the environment. We also want to give you some helpful advice which can help you to reduce your negative impact on the environment. We want to help create a brighter and more sustainable future for everyone.
As famous teen climate change activist Greta Thurnberg powerfully stated at the UN Climate Summit, New York, 23 September 2019 “the eyes of all future generations are upon you.” It is our responsibility in this crucial time that we all do what we can to help save the environment through sustainability, for the sake of our future generations!
The main ways you can change your water lifestyle choices in order to help the environment is by stopping to buy single use plastic water bottles and by reducing your water footprint.
We can no longer deny or ignore the fact that single use plastic bottles have extremely negative impacts on our environment. The Independent states that Plastic drinks bottles are now the biggest plastic threat for our waterways and The Guardian further explains how the world’s plastic binge is ‘as dangerous as climate change’.
- Single use plastic bottles are wasteful and hazardous as they will only be used once and then disposed of.
- They are non-biodegradable, i.e. they can’t be recycled by living organisms and will consequently always pollute the ocean and earth. This will harm wildlife and marine ecosystems and release toxic chemicals into our water, soil and atmosphere.
- In fact plastic bottles are currently the 5th most commonly found rubbish item at coastline cleanups (by quantity), making up a sizable portion of the total plastic pollution in our oceans.
- Moreover, plastics such as these eventually become microplastics and make their way into our drinking water, which we then ingest, leading to long-term negative effects on our health. Recent research determined that people are at risk for ingesting around 5 grams of plastic per week – or the equivalent of eating a credit card!
Therefore water bottled and sold in single use plastic is extremely dangerous to our environment and to our health.
However, we all still deserve the purest tasting, contaminant free water. But you might be wondering how you can achieve this without contributing to the ever growing plastic and environmental problem? The answer is simple, invest in a water filter jug. You can read our helpful article on the benefits and the answers to all frequently asked questions about water filters and jugs here.
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Water is Necessary to Sustain Life on Earth.
Water helps tie together the Earth’s lands, oceans, and atmosphere into an integrated system.
There is a never-ending global process of water circulation from clouds to land, to the ocean, and back to the clouds.
As NASA states: “This cycling of water is intimately linked with energy exchanges among the atmosphere, ocean, and land that determine the Earth’s climate and cause much of natural climate variability. The impacts of climate change and variability on the quality of human life occur primarily through changes in the water cycle.”
Moreover, as stated in the National Research Council’s report on Research Pathways for the Next Decade (NRC, 1999): “Water is at the heart of both the causes and effects of climate change.”
It is our responsibility to ensure our water supply on earth is not polluted by single use plastic and that we do our bit to decrease our water footprint to help the environment.
A water footprint is simply defined as the amount of fresh water utilised or consumed in the production or supply of the goods and services used by a particular person or group.
This water consumption can be categorised into direct and indirect:
- Direct water footprint (the type of water footprint this article will focus on) is the amount of water used directly by the individual(s).
- Indirect water footprint represents the summation of the water footprints of all the products consumed. Water is indirectly used in the production of all goods such as food or clothes as well directly, as in your home for cooking, cleaning, bathing or drinking.
Professor Arjen Y. Hoekstra, creator of the water footprint concept states that: “the interest in the water footprint is rooted in the recognition that human impacts on freshwater systems can ultimately be linked to human consumption, and that issues like water shortages and pollution can be better understood and addressed by considering production and supply chains as a whole.”
- 30% = flushing the toilet
- 21% = laundry
- 13% = personal hygiene or washing
- 8% = washing up after meals
- 4% = drinking
- 7% = outdoor activities such as watering plants
- 19% = miscellaneous other uses around the home and places of work.
And yet uncontaminated freshwater is a scarce and diminishing resource in some parts of the world – its annual availability is limited. As the population continues to increase our demand for water is therefore perpetually growing.
There are many places in the world where damaging water depletion or pollution is taking place.
Rivers are running dry, thus decreasing lake and groundwater levels. Consequently, many species of wildlife are becoming endangered. This also impacts human life as water is becoming more and more contaminated or scarce.
By Learning about and then Decreasing Your own Personal Water Footprint You will Help to Achieve a more Sustainable and Equitable use of Fresh Water that will Aid not only the Environment but Your Fellow Humans.
We must all work together in order to create a more sustainable future.
Consumers can easily and effectively reduce their direct water footprint (i.e. their home water use) by employing some of these simple methods:
- Install a smart water meter that will take hourly, automatic readings of your water use. This way you can see how much water you are using and reduce it accordingly. This will give you control and an understanding of your household’s water consumption as well as saving you money in the long run as you’ll spend less money on your water bills.
- Install water saving toilets that use less water when flushing.
- Applying a water-saving showerhead to reduce your water consumption while showering.
- Shower instead of taking regular baths as baths waste so much more water than showers.
- Avoid leaving the water running while brushing your teeth.
- Don’t buy water bottled in single use plastic as this will increase your water footprint as well as contribute to the plastic pollution of our planet. Instead invest in a water filter jug so you can get the purest tasting water while also reducing your water footprint without damaging the environment.
ZeroWater is here to Help YOU in Your quest to Becoming More Sustainable.
Investing in a ZeroWater Jug is to invest in a Sustainable Future, for You, Your children and Your Children’s Children.
Our Premium 5-Stage Ion Exchange Water Filtration System will aid you in reducing your water footprint and prevent you from buying harmful single use plastic. It will also provide you with the purest tasting water free from contaminants.
When tested in accordance with the NSF’s protocol based on a 40 gallon filtration (double the rated usage), ZeroWater reduces 97% of Lead and 99.9% of Chromium from your tap water. They are third party tested to reduce 96% of Mercury, 99% of Uranium, 93% of Arsenic and 99% of Copper, among many other contaminants.
Therefore, our filters outperform any standard 2-Stage filter on the market such as Brita Filters which are only able to remove around half of all dissolved solids! Whereas our advanced filters guarantee to drastically reduce the amount of ‘Total Dissolved Solids’ and contaminants in your water! Take a look at our previous article for a detailed outline on how our Premium 5 Stage Ion Exchange water filters work!
You can even verify the effectiveness of your water filter as we provide a free water quality meter which will show the amount of contaminants reduced by our filters.