Why You Should Care About Water Conservation

Why You Should Care About Water Conservation

Here’s a fact: Everytime you leave the tap on while brushing your teeth or washing your face, there’s a possibility of wasting up to 11.5L of water. That’s about 50 cups of coffee! And take a glance at your beauty shelf - how many products have water as one of the main ingredients?

Today, water scarcity remains a problem for the world. With only less than  % of the world’s water being fresh (and usable in its raw form), it’s no surprise that even natural resource-rich countries like China are facing water shortage. According to a report by The Guardian, China recently experienced a record-breaking drought last month; some of its biggest rivers, like the Yangtze, are beginning to dry up. And it’s vastly affecting the hydropower operations in the country.

You’re thinking: “I can’t possibly save people from the drought, can I?”.

Well, you can make a difference. Your goal is to start small and build up habits that’ll generate lower water wastage, which will help alleviate the water issues faced by the world.


Small Steps Matter Too

When it comes to water wastage at home, most of us have multiple blind spots. From minor daily habits like cleaning your home to an elaborate self-care routine, you may be using up more water than you actually need. For example, do you wait for your clothes to pile up before loading them into the washing machine? Do you also stand in the shower with the water running down your back, even after you’re scrubbed clean?

If you’re going to make a concerted effort to reduce water wastage, noticing these habits are a great first step. Here are some water-saving tips to ease into your daily routine:

  • Soak your utensils instead of running them under water continuously. Soaking helps to soften the food stuck to your cutlery and plates. You can then easily scrub them clean and lightly rinse off the dish soap.
  • Use detergent with low suds. Having too much suds will cause your washing machine to end up using more water to clean your clothes.
  • Fix the leaks in your home. Find out where your water is going. Left unchecked, leaky pipes not only end up wasting your water, but the water can seep into your walls and ruin your paint.


Waterless Beauty Is A Thing

Often referred to as a universal solvent in the beauty industry, water is a necessity in the production of many skincare and makeup products. With water being a relatively cheap ingredient, the beauty industry is heavily reliant on it.

In recent years, waterless skincare is making headlines with its multiple benefits.Today, the beauty industry has become a leading contributor to water pollution and wastage. But, scientists are coming up with ingenious ways to increase the shelf life of beauty products while also reducing the use of water. Some examples include powdered Vitamin C, which can be activated with a few drops of water (it’s also way more shelf stable compared to its liquid form, which oxides upon exposure to air), and makeup-removers that remain in solid balm form until you rub it between your hands. These products require little to no water in production.

But, we’re not saying that you have to throw out all your regular products - the next time you’re looking for new skincare or body care, consider picking out a hand soap that comes in tablet form or a single-ingredient beauty oil to nourish your skin.


Proper Disposal Makes A Difference

Other than looking at what goes in the bottle (or package), knowing what to do after you’re done with your products is important. Water conservation isn’t just about using less water, it’s also about protecting what we currently have.

Many beauty ingredients are often non-biodegradable or harmful to the land. Plastic microbeads found in some scrubs don’t dissolve upon application, and birds and fishes have mistaken many of these beads as food in the water. Oxybenzone, also known as a type of chemical sunscreen, is toxic to marine life.


So what can you do?

Other than avoiding these harmful chemicals, make sure to properly clean out your used beauty products before disposal. If you are unsure if your moisturiser contains environmentally-harmful ingredients, simply wipe it down before rinsing the container. Then, dispose of the remaining packaging via the right recycling bins.

And no, it’s not as hard once you start on it. A great way to make things more efficient would be to collect your used-up products, otherwise known as ‘beauty empties’, over the span of a year. Then, you’ll be able to clean everything out in just one sitting.