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In the Bathroom

A reusable towel eliminates hand-drying waste!

Reducing Water Use

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, soaping up your hands, or scrubbing dishes. The classic water-saving tip.
  • Use the dual flush. If the toilet is dual flush, use it appropriately! Pull the lever up for liquid wastes and push it down for solid wastes.
  • Take shorter showers. If you reduce your showers by 5 minutes each day (6 days a week), you'd save roughly 4,000 gallons each year! If every student did this, it would save almost 1.6 million gallons each year.
  • Take fewer showers. Within reason, of course.
  • If you feel comfortable, talk to your bathroom-mates about establishing an "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down" policy. We live in a desert!

Reducing Waste

  • Place a hand towel in your residence hall bathroom. Feels softer and uses fewer resources than paper towels! You may have to put up your own (removable) hook for your towel.
  • Remember to recycle! Toilet paper cores, paper towels, and other bathroom wastes should be recycled.
  • Ladies: Make your periods greener! There are many great reusable products to use, including silicone menstrual cups like the Keeper, DivaCup (available at the Coop Store and Motley), and MoonCup, or reusable cloth pads. And don't underestimate the impact disposable products have on the environment! See this article for more information.

Did you know: Feminine hygiene products create a huge amount of waste - nearly 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads, and 700,000 pantiliners each year! 

Reducing Energy

  • Reduce the temperature of your showers. While a hot shower might be nice once in a while, it takes a lot of energy to heat up that water.
  • Use less hot water. Fewer and shorter showers and turning off the faucet while scrubbing saves energy too!
  • Turn the lights of when you leave! Many forget this in the bathrooms on campus. 

Did you know: Every 5 minutes you spend in the shower uses 1.21 kWh of electricity to heat the water - the amount of energy needed to burn ten 100-watt bulbs for one hour!