The Origin of 365 Ways...
I came across this amazing book by Phillippe Bourseiller when i was in Denmark close to a year ago: "For the past 15 years, Phillippe Bourseiller has photographed nature from every angle: from the eruption of the volcano Pinatubo to the great deserts of ice and sand, he has captured the hidden colours and breathtaking lights of our planet. But our contemporary way of life threatens this fragile beauty. To encourage more restraint, Philippe Bourseiller teams 365 photographs with a daily ecological action. Each of the initiatives is accompanied by facts and statistics that illustrate the threats to the environment posed by our behavious, and demonstrate the beneficial consequences of the recommended actions. Each day reveals the image of a wonder of nature along with the guidelines to preserve our planet. Through the pages of 365 Ways to Save the Earth, a truly ethical way of life takes shape." Starting from today, i would like to post each inspiring page according to the days on the yearly calendar (supposed to start from jan, but...i'll catch up!). Hopefully, you'll look at everyday a little differently after this...
- Leisure - Be environmentally aware when taking par...
- Agriculture - Make it a rule to buy organic for a ...
- Consumption - Buy recycled
- Water - Use less water when flushing the toilet
- Waste - Encourage your place of work to start comp...
- Energy - Improve the efficiency of your radiators
- Energy - Buy 'green' electricity
- Forests - Recycle Christmas trees and cards
- Energy - Turn down your heating by 1 deg Celcius
- Agriculture - Buy Fair Trade products, and help co...
- ▼ January (10)
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Water - Use less water when flushing the toilet
Water that has been used for domestic purposes such as in dishwashers, showers or washing machines (excluding the toilet), is called 'greywater'. Comprising at least half of all residential wastewater, it can be used for other purposes, such as watering the garden. While ecologically oriented buildings in the US have installed greywater systems, they have yet to make an appearance in any number in the UK.
Place a bottle filled with sand in your toilet cistern and you will reduce the volume of water used with each flush. Do not use a brick (as is sometimes recommended) since if it starts to decay, pieces could get into the toilet system and cause leaks. Alternatively, replace your toilet with a low-flush or dual-flush type toilet. The half-flush option means that water use can be reduced by up to 8 litres for every flush.