Wednesday, January 6, 2016

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish {Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle}

Frannie is looking forward to continuing her series - The Groundwater Foundation's Top 10 List of Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater at Home - into the New Year!  This week is dedicated to both protecting groundwater and conserving it through the three R's - reducing, reusing, and recycling!

Frannie finds various ways to reduce her water footprint.  Frannie uses The Groundwater Foundation's water-tracking app 30 by 30 to help her reduce her daily direct water use (how much water is used in activities like taking a shower, flushing the toilet, etc.).  

Frannie also looks for ways to reduce her indirect water use (how much water it takes to create the products you consume and use - for example, how much water it takes to grow the corn you eat, or grow the cotton used in your shirt).  Frannie loves to shop at consignment shops instead of buying newly made clothes!  Frannie also tries to eat products that require less water and are grown locally.

Frannie loves to find creative ways to reuse everyday products around her house!  Frannie also finds practical ways to reuse items as well:

Frannie uses reusable bags for grocery shopping.

Frannie reuses her bath towel.

Frannie also uses a reusable water bottle.

These are just a few ways Frannie reuses everyday items.  Can you think of more ideas?

Recycling is the process of producing a new item from an old item.  Many of the products we use every day can be recycled.  Frannie makes sure to remove labels, clean the items, and sort recyclables.

How do you reduce, reuse, and recycle?  Share it here!