Friday, February 4, 2011

Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth

(For the 3rd of February)

River, Iceland
Photograph by Philippe Bourceiller
Earth has been nicknamed the 'blue planet' because of its abundance of water, but this is misleading. If all the water on earth could be contained in a big bucket, the frozen fresh water at the poles and in glaciers would fill a small cup, and all the freshwater available to people - lakes, rivers and groundwater - would fit into a teaspoon. Our natural freshwater reserves are not expandable and they must be shared among an ever-growing global population.

Turning off the tap during the time it takes to brush our teeth saves almost 19 litres of water. That is more than an average citizen of Kenya uses in an entire day.
- from the book '365 Ways to Save the Earth' by Philippe Bourseiller


Swati said...

I do, I do!!!

And i also bathe from a bucket for the very same reason....

Poorvi said...

Great! I do a lot of stuff while brushing my throwing in the laundry, getting out Ishanvi's clothes for the day. Great possibilities of multi-tasking..with the tap off for sure! :D

Swati said...

Lol!! How long does it take for you to brush??

Try neem daatun :)

Poorvi said...

Yes, Akshat thinks I will end up removing the top protective layer of my teeth! Haha..but I try and brush well, cause I do not enjoy going to the dentist! :)