Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Change The World Wednesday
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Before we get started, I'd like to say Thank You to everyone who voted for Reduce Footprints in Blog Interviewer. As of this writing, we have 116 votes which puts us in 6th place. There are only a few more days of voting remaining but I think that, thanks to all of you, we made a wonderful showing. I'm feeling proud!
Last week we asked that you cut the number of showers you take in half. The idea was to see how few showers we could get away with and still be clean. Each time we eliminate a shower ... it's water saved. Let's see how our Honor Society met this challenge:
Aine Butler-Smith joined us. She brought up a very good point ... "over bathing not only uses more water it strips your skin and scalp of nourishing natural oils, drying them out".
Brian also commented on showers and skin health. He's trying to teach his son not to take all-day showers and says that's a real challenge.
EcoGrrl has already cut her showers down as much as possible. But ... always thinking of new ways to conserve, she's going to shave her legs outside the shower to save even more water.
Ange leads a pretty active life (daily sports and even a 7-day, non-stop adventure race) so daily showers are necessary. Instead of cutting showers in half, she decided to turn off the water while soaping up. Great water-saving technique, Ange. By the way, Ange ... lovely new header on your blog!
Mrs. Green is another Eco-conscious person who has already reduced washing down to bare minimum (sorry ... pun intended). She's going to concentrate on other ways to conserve water. You can read about her ideas HERE.
Marvinlzinn stopped in with a very profound comment which reminds us that using less water, for many people worldwide, isn't a choice. Many people consider bathing ... even once a week ... something of a luxury because taking that bath may mean no food and/or no drinking water. It's a sobering thought. Thank you, Marvinlzinn, for that reminder.
Emmie took the challenge. Since her solar heater isn't in place yet, her showers are cold so ... she says it keeps her in line.
Kate has a very good reason for not cutting back on showers ... she's pregnant and hot showers help get her through the day. It's okay, Kate ... got to keep mommies happy and healthy. She did complete a previous challenge to plant something ... she planted carrots, salad mix, spinach and cilantro. Yay!
Harmony is doing a lot to "green-up" her life. Because of her work, she feels it's necessary to bathe daily. Here's a hint why ... beer. To find out more about that and read her adjusted challenge, click HERE.
Nancy joined the challenge via Harmony's site. Yay! Nice to have you with us, Nancy!
We had a few Twitter friends out there spreading the word about our challenges. If you're a Twitter member, click over and meet these great people: @catcanpaint, @ttotshop, and @waylandcook. If you Tweet about our challenges, be sure to use the hashtag #ctww ... that way I'll find you!
As always, the Honor Society did a great job. Each week, as I read comments and posts, I'm always impressed by individual efforts ... even when the challenge, as written, doesn't work ... our Honor Society searches for adjustments which will accomplish the task in new ways. And that's really what this is all about ... searching for all the ways in which we can thread lightly on the earth.
I've Stumbled and Tweeted your articles.
Okay ... onto a new challenge:
This week remove, or begin to phase out, antibacterial products from your home (specifically those products containing Triclosan). Why? Antibacterial products contribute to new strains of antibiotic-resistant "super-bugs". They are toxic chemicals which also pollute waterways and affect the environment. So this week ... get rid of them.
If you have already rid your home of antibacterial products, please write a post about all the commonly used products which contain Triclosan and suggest alternatives.
What do you think? Can you do it?
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!