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Water conservation is necessary

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Water conservation is necessary because you save money and help the world be a better place to live in.
Water conservation is being practiced by people across the country and in many other countries around the world.

Some of the basic advantages of water conservation are:

  1. You save money on utility bills.
  2. It helps in preventing water pollution.
  3. It can even help in extending the life of our septic system. This can happen if there is a reduction in soil saturation.
  4. Someone across the lane or somewhere else in the world is getting water because you are conserving it for them.

So, how can you practice water conservation at home?

Here are some of the ways to do it.

1. Check for leaks

Moving around in your home, you should check every faucet and pipe to be sure that there is no leakage. Even if you notice a drip, get it repaired.

Leakages are often seen in toilets. So, check them properly.

2. Water saving faucets

You should look for water saving faucets and save water.

3. Insulation

Insulating your water pipes is easy and inexpensive. So, get it done. This will help you get hot water quickly and prevent wasting water as it heats up.

4. Cutting down water waste

There are a number of ways in which you can cut down your water waste at home. One of the ways to do so is by putting float booster or plastic bottles in your toilet tank. In this, you should put an inch of sand (or use pebbles) to add some weight to it. Next, you should fill the bottles with water, lids should be screwed and then place them in the toilet talk.

If this sounds a bit difficult, you can simply buy a tank bank or float booster from Sears.com. Sears.com offers a variety of inexpensive float boosters. So, you can get the same at an affordable price. With minimal investment, you can save gallons of water on a yearly basis.

So, if you are planning to buy one, visit Sears.com and get it.

Additionally, you can even look for coupon codes so that you can get exciting discounts on your purchases. While looking for coupon codes for Sears.com, make sure that you look for them at popular coupon sites like ChameleonJohn because trusted coupon sites will help you get the best coupon that can be clubbed with discounts and offers available at online stores.

5. Shower session

It feels good to enjoy a long shower session. However, you are spending dollars for that. Don’t think that you are not paying for it. You are paying for your shower sessions too. So, keep it small and conserve water.

6. Shaving

While shaving, make sure that you rinse the razor in the sink by filling it with warm water. Using running water to rinse your razor is bad because you are simply wasting water. Avoid doing it.

Apart from this, if you have a suggestion to share, please let us know about it in the comments.

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Waste segregation advocate

In the early part of 2000, I had the opportunity to meet and interview ecological artist and writer Odette Alcantara in her home in Blue Ridge. She was the convenor of Artists for the Environment and founding member of Earth Philippines, a non government organization. It was a very inspiring day meeting someone so motivated by her cause to make something useful out of waste materials – recyclables.

She converted a lot of waste materials found in her old house in Quezon City to an extraordinary and functional home décor. She said that segregation of waste according to its type is one of the simple steps to deal with waste at home.

Here’s my favorite quote from that interview. “Environmental protection is everybody’s job; unfortunately not everyone loves the environment. I think its ignorance that keeps us detach from this precious planet, which is our entire life support’s system.”

If Ms. Alcantara were alive today she would be glad to find out that more and more organizations locally and overseas are promoting renewable energy and programs that deals with converting waste to energy, opportunity fuels and clean coal.

Wasting time on waste

IN my list of environment conservation advocates, I thought of ecological artist and writer Odette Alcantara, the convenor of Artists for the Environment and founding member of Earth Philippines, a non-government organization; and the ecological waste management project Zero Kalat para sa Kaunlaran Foundation (ZKK) in Malabon as prime movers.

Plus, an ‘outrageous’ recipe booklet that would make you gaga over banana peeling.

  • Alcantara converted a lot of waste materials found in her old Blue Ridge house in Quezon City to an extraordinary and functional home decor.
  • She said that said segregation of waste according to its type is one of the simple steps to deal with waste at home.
  • “Environmental protection is everybody’s job; unfortunately not everyone loves the environment. I think its ignorance that keeps us detach from this precious planet, which is our entire life support’s system.”
  • She offers free basic procedure of segregation, composting, and recycling at her own eco-waste management and training center found at the ground level of her house.
  • Students, professionals as well as ordinary people also get hand-on training on proper waste disposal and how to learn money from them.
  • The ecologist believes that livelihood is just a component and not the main event of recycling.
  • ZKK began out of utter desperation on seeing the unabated dumping of garbage on major thoroughfares and street corners of
    Barangay North Bay Boulevard South

    , Navotas.

  • They gathered, sorted and cleansed materials and then sold to companies and factories where the waste originated.
  • In a span of two years, ZKKRedemptionCenter became a ‘must-see’ eco-tour site for local and foreign visitors.
  • The gratifying part of learning the proper way of disposing your waste, is when people learn the trade of making money out of recycled waste materials, said Dr. Judea Millora, community doctor and founder of ZKK.
  • Their projects include hats, bags, decorative materials crafted from ‘trash.’
  • They earn around P8,000 to P17,000 from sorted waste papers.
  • ZKK Foundation believes that zero waste is not just a concept, but a lifestyle.
  • ZKK believes that promoting recycling program in the country is a lot cheaper compared to putting up and maintaining a landfill.

  • ZKK published Outrageous Banana ‘Peelings o-o-oh Peelings’ recipe booklet in response ‘to these challenging times of rising food costs and economic difficulties.’
  • Compiled by Mrs. Ofelia A. Panganiban, the recipe uses banana peelings, either green or ripe, as the principal ingredients.
  • How about Banadobo for maindish, Banaghetti for snack and Banamansi for beverage.