Toting My Water
Posted February 23, 2014on:
In the dead of winter our basement drain plugged up. When we used the kitchen sink, a puddle appeared in the basement. When we tried to wash our clothes, the basement flooded. Fortunately the toilets worked.
So, to do the laundry, I diverted the water from the washer into a barrel and then toted the waste water in a big bucket up the stairs and flushed it down the toilet. What an ordeal! But an enlightening one.
One doesn’t realize how much water we use to wash our clothes until we have to carry all that water. This experience not only helped me empathize with those in other lands who must tote their water, but it also made me realize how many natural resources it takes to do our regular chores.
As a family of two, we do one load of laundry per week. It blows my mind to think of how much water a family of four would use, especially one that follows the American dictum Sparkling White is Better that the soap manufacturers impose on us. We have a friend who washes every towel after it’s used once. Another family of three does four loads a week! I’ve talked to them about “the tyranny of appearances.” They don’t get it. How they look (and how they feel about how they look) is much more important to them than how much water they use. Oh, that they had to tote their own water!
- Bob Sitze’ Simple Enough blog – Simple Things: Running Water
- Overflow Project 50-Day Challenge: Simplify+Give+Change=Water
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- Author Cecile Andrews, Champion of Simplicity Circles and Community Conversation. Her latest: Living Room Revolution. READ MORE
- Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – Day of Remembrance, Feb. 19 | Remember the story of Japanese-American internment during World War II. READ MORE
- Perceived Value: Strategies for Overcoming the Tyranny of Appearances — recent SLW! blog
- Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists (shy or bold) + Jerry’s Excellent Adventure – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast | Sharing the Joy of a Simpler Lifestyle Through Speeches, Workshops, Events, Study/Action Groups, Simplicity Circles and Social Media
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- Interviews, Exhibits, Free Copies, and Book Groups—Spreading the Conversation about the OneEarth Project and the book, Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, by Lee Van Ham. | TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episode 42
- Faith and Money Radio – Making the Connection
- Mark Rasmussen on Aldo Leopold’s Legacy: GMO’s, biofuels and Occupying the World Food Prize, all on TheCommonGoodPodcast.com, episodes 43-44.
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- Treasury of Celebrations*: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth Earth – Jan.-April | LENT | EASTER
- 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations
- Alternatives’ Seasonal/Thematic Index
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