Making a Difference, One Drop at a Time

Last weekend, Kristin (my wife) and I went to Paws on Grand in St. Paul, Minnesota. As we were cruising down Grand Avenue, we saw plenty of furry four-legged crazies. One being our Wheaten Terrier, Fletcher. While we were on the sidewalk outside of a local coffee shop, I quickly snapped this picture of him with my iPhone.

Per Kristin's discretion, we ducked in and out of many of the different shops along Grand Avenue, including Bibelot. As I wandered through the store, I came across 'The Four-Minute Shower."

Intrigued, I flipped over the package to read more about it.

"The world does not have an endless supply of our most precious resource, water. A 10 minute shower uses 200 liters of water, reduce that to 4 minutes and save a whopping 120 liters, per person, per shower."

What a great idea. So simple. I love it when simple ideas are centered around encouraging people to change their behavior to make a difference for the greater good. Collectively, the impact of these changed behaviors is significant.

I did not purchase The Four-Minute Shower. However, I think about this every time I get into the shower and I'm pretty sure I'm in and out within about five minutes. It's changed how I think and behave every day. I like to think this tweak in my daily approach is having a positive impact on the greater good of protecting our most precious resource, water.

Out of curiosity, I Googled "what can you do with 120 liters of water?" The first search result guided me to a site that says it takes 120 liters of water to make one glass of wine. Hmm. Seems like a lot of water for one glass of wine. On this page, there is a link to the Water Footprint Network, an organization focused promoting the transition towards sustainable, fair and efficient use of fresh water resources. On the site, you can calculate your "water footprint" and learn more about how much water is used throughout the production of food, paper, cotton clothes and more. Interesting. I should pay more attention to this and see if there are other things I can do to use water more efficiently. I encourage you to do the same.

Who would have thought that my leisurely stroll down Grand Avenue at Paws on Grand would have led to a blog post about the sustainable use of water. The Four-Minute Shower product caught my eye and more than served its purpose. This product, along with organizations like the Water Footprint Network, are making a difference. One drop at a time.