Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Beth Lange, Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Lange leads Mary Kay’s Research & Development division and due to her passion for nature also champions our corporate environmental sustainability efforts.
Last year I joined a semi-monthly Sustainability Forum to work with other companies to share ideas on conserving our natural resources and protecting the planet. Our recent topic of discussion was water conservation. Mary Kay, along with sustainability experts from several other industries – telecommunications, retail and even a helicopter manufacturer, believes that water is a precious resource. Although we all produce very different products, we have the common goal of saving water.
I am proud that Mary Kay’s global manufacturing and R&D facility places a priority on water conservation. We have implemented new manufacturing technologies that significantly reduce water consumption. Last year we cut our water use by 19%. That is enough water to fill over 660 backyard swimming pools! With Earth Day fast approaching this April 22nd, here are some water saving tips that everyone can do at home:
1. Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. We’ve all been told this many times, but do we really do it?
2. Take shorter showers. A fun tip is to play your favorite song while showering. Use the song as your timer.
3. Only run full loads of laundry.
4. Use the dishwasher (fully loaded, of course!). Most dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand.
5. Fix leaks. Did you know that an average American home can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water a year from running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks? That is a lot of water!
6. When planting spring flowers, choose native plants that require less water maintenance.
7. Raise your lawn mower height; longer grass promotes deeper root growth and a more drought resistant lawn.
For more information on saving water, check out WaterSense from the United States Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/watersense/.