Ever think about the water you waste while shaving? Well maybe you will after reading the struggle many in developing countries go through to access water.
We’re all guilty of it — letting the water run a little too long while shaving.
It’s easy not to think much of it, but the reality is that we waste gallons of water every time we shave. We are so used to having access to water that sometimes we take it for granted. You may not pay attention to the amount of water you use, but that might change when you hear about the struggle many women go through just to get water that's so easily accessible to us.
In developing countries women walk an average of 3 miles a day just to collect clean water. It may not seem like a long distance to the average athlete, but imagine having to do it every single day. Because water is such a necessity to these people, many women and young girls have to forfeit the chance to go to school in order to be able to fetch water for their families. On top of walking 3 miles a day these women carry up to 50 pounds of water back to their village each time they collect water. When you do the math that’s 6 gallons of water. That’s right, all that trouble for only 6 gallons of water. This seems like nothing compared to the amount of water we use while shaving.
The fact of the matter is that we all have different shaving habits. Some (lucky) people only shave once a week, but many others have to shave every single day. That’s why it’s so hard to pin point the exact amount of water that goes down the drain while shaving. Many speculate that they use anywhere between 1 to 2 gallons of water while shaving over the sink, but most likely these averages are based on male shaving habits. However, both men and women shave multiple areas of their body and most of the time that’s done in the shower. It’s been said that for every 10 minute shower we use about 20 to 25 gallons of water. That’s more than double the amount women in developing countries collect each day. Just imagine this —the extra water you use while shaving could be the water women in developing countries walk three miles for. Knowing that really puts things into perspective doesn’t it?
We’re not saying we’re going to solve these water shortage issues by limiting the amount we use while shaving. We should just be more aware and mindful of how much we’re using. We can easily do that by changing some of our shaving habits. If your shaving at the sink, turn off the faucet in between strokes. It doesn’t sound like much, but it could drastically lower the amount of water you waste. It would also be a good idea to try using products that allow you to use less water while shaving. For example, the Tap – a 3-in-1 Shaving Razor Unclogger, Sharpener, & Holder – easily cleans your razor which helps limit the amount of times you need to rinse it under the sink. Even the smallest changes can cut out gallons of wasted water. Water that could be going to good use in another country.
Let’s not take the water we have access to for granted. Let’s only use the water we need.
To find out much water your household actually uses, check out this water calculator. You’ll be pretty surprised by the results.