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I am so excited to be pairing up with Silk today to talk about water conservation. Water…. it’s such a vital part of life. People, animals and plants all thrive off of it to keep us alive and healthy. It’s not until recently that water has had a whole new meaning to my family.

We recently relocated in Texas this past year and now our new city is in a major drought. That means that if it doesn’t rain soon and rain a lot we could be without water in the near future. It’s so hard to fathom life without water since we drink it, wash dishes, wash our clothes, bathe in it, wash our hands, go to the bathroom, our dogs drink it and Olivia drinks it. But what if? Reality is starting to hit closer to home than I ever imagined. We are already on water restrictions and Stage 2 for our city starts June 1st. Major water restrictions come during the summer months to conserve what water we do have in our city.

There are many ways to conserve water and here are just a couple of tips:

  • Let your lawn go dormant during the winter months
  • When shopping for new appliances make sure they are energy sufficient
  • Dishwashers typically use less water than by washing with your hands
  • Reuse water that was used for cooking food (plants or grass)
  • Take 5-7 minutes showers
  • Turn water off while you brush your teeth

It takes less water to manufacture a half gallon of Silk almondmilk, soymilk or coconutmilk than dairy milk.

One half gallon of Silk conserves enough water to offset the equivalent 500 teeth brushing sessions, 20 showers or more than 10 loads of laundry. (United States Geological Society)

As for our family we decided to drink Silk milk when Olivia turned one. We put it in our smoothies, bake with it and drink it throughout the day.

What are your ways to conserve water?

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Silk wants you to help us celebrate water! Every time you share one of Silk’s water conservation videos, Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (up to $20,000) to help with water conservation efforts. 

I was compensated for this post but the views and opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. WhiteWave is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This giveaway is not administered by WhiteWave or its affiliates, but solely by myself.

   

2 Responses to “Silk Earth Month”

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    Liz — April 15, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I honestly never knew that about Silk milk! I drink their soy milk because it’s lactose-, dairy-free and nut-free, three things I need.

    Anyways, Texas is almost always in drought. :|

    Of your list, I really like “Dishwashers typically use less water than by washing with your hands”; some family members think (and truly believe) that washing by hand saves water whereas dishwashers use more water. There’s some sanitary facts to dishwashers and unsanitary facts to hand washing, too, but meh. I’m the only germaphobe. :p

    Ways I conserve water include showering less than 15 minutes (it’s usually five minutes; shaving takes longer) and… hm. I don’t really waste water. o.o I’m a #greengirl, and I don’t notice things I do that conserve water/electricity/etc. :x

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    Julie — April 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

    We set a timer for 5 minutes for taking a shower..I was appalled one day when I timed my daughter as she took a shower it was 15 minutes long…well that’s when the timer idea came into practice thanks :)

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