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Five Ways to Teach Your Kids to Conserve Water


June 19, 2014

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Conservation can come in many forms. From a large standpoint, companies can change their production processes or kick off campaigns like Suave® Turn Off the Tap initiative. On a smaller scale, individuals can make tiny tweaks to their everyday routine that cumulatively can have a major impact.

When it comes to water conservation, making the matter apparent to your children will have many benefits. It will begin to teach them the value and practices of conservation early on in their lives, a lesson that will hopefully stick for long into the future. Secondly, kids are sponges – chances are if you teach your child a way to save water in an interesting way, he or she will relay the message to classmates or friends. Also, you can use the time teaching them to build your bonds even stronger.

So knowing that, what are ways you can teach your children to conserve water? Here are five easy ones:

Turn Off the Tap: Suave’s initiative aimed at encouraging people to minimize water use in the shower by turning off the showerhead while shampooing and conditioning. Depending on where they live, this practice alone could save the average family up to $100 and 3,200 gallons of water per year (*based on a family of 3). If 1,000 people did this, that’s 3.2 million gallons of water potentially saved.

It’s Not Just the Shower: Admit it, you’ve probably kept the water sink faucet running while brushing your teeth, flossing, washing dishes or doing some other activity where constantly running water isn’t required. This extended logic of Turn Off the Tap will reduce your water usage even further.

Water, Don’t Waste: Sometimes you or your kids will pour more water than they wind up drinking. Instead of dumping this water down the drain, use it to water your plants, pour it into your pet’s water bowl, into your teapot or another practical use that will eliminate having to use the faucet.

Play Smarter: Avoiding toys that require a constant stream of water as opposed to those that you fill can make a major difference when it comes to water usage. If it’s just too hot, limiting their time playing in the sprinkler can keep tabs on the situation.

Teach Them About the World: Once you start conserving, expose your children to the struggles for clean water around the world. What they’re doing at home may translate into wanting to do more to help others.

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