How To Drink More Water | AD

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how to drink more water

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Do you manage to get your water quota of 8 glasses a day in?  I do not.  Unless you count tea.  Please say tea counts…!

I have, however, been trying to drink more water of late.  Now drinking more water doesn’t sound like it goes hand in hand with being green, especially in a world where freshwater is at a premium.  Here are some ideas on how to drink more water but still be mindful of the environment:

How To Drink More Water

Keep A Bottle With You

According to new OnePoll research for BRITA, Britons use 7.7 billion single-use plastic water bottles each year.  That’s an awful lot of plastic that has to be recycled.  Whilst recycling is a good thing, it takes energy.  Avoiding single-use plastics is beneficial to the environment.  Something to aim for is to keep a reusable refillable bottle with you whenever you are out and about.  Sure, you’ll forget a few times, and leave the house with the water bottle sitting on the kitchen countertop, but it takes time to form a habit.  Soon it’ll be as second nature as remembering to leave the house with your money and phone.

If Your Water Doesn’t Taste Good, Try A Filter

Once upon a time my partner and I moved over 500 miles from the north of Scotland to the southeast of England.  As well as experiencing a bit of culture shock, our tastebuds went into shock.  Coming from a soft water area to a hard water area hit us hard.  To us, tap water tasted pretty horrible, and it was cloudy.  It did a number on our appliances and made my tea gritty.  We bought a filter and life felt immediately a million times better.

The filter was great when we were at home, but when you’re out and about it got a bit tricky when we drank the filtered water from our water bottle and needed to refill.  BRITA’s BPA-free Fill & Go water bottle seeks to solve this problem: this water bottle actually filters the water while you drink, removing substances that impair smell and taste. And, because it can be refilled with fresh tap water at any time, you can enjoy delicious water anywhere – for only a few pence per litre.  Pretty cool!

BRITA Fill and go

 Make Your Water Tasty By Using Leftover Fruit or Herbs

Got a bit of lemon leftover from cooking dinner?  A bit of cucumber from last night’s salad?  Some sprigs of mint or thyme that didn’t get used?  Some slices of orange that your toddler didn’t want?  Make some fancy “infused” water with these leftovers and some ice cubes, and pretend you’re at a fancy spa/hotel/restaurant.

Make A Curry or Chili

I know this sounds out there but do bear with me on this!  Whenever I’ve got vegetables about to go off in the fridge I chop them all up and make a batch of veggie curry or chili.  The spice in the food makes me drink more water and has the added advantage of using up vegetables that would have otherwise have gone off.

If You Can’t Drink It, Don’t Waste It

I’m sure I’m not the only person that fills a glass of water and then finds a half-finished glass of water on the floor a day later.  When this happens, I don’t tip it down the sink.  Instead, I use it to water my plants, indoors or outdoors, depending on who is thirsty.

Do you have any tips on how to drink more water?  Do share in the comments below!  And here are some handy hints on how to save water in your bathroom.

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The Importance of Clean Water with Pump Aid | AD

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Pump Aid

What’s the number one thing in life that you take for granted?  A warm home?  Electricity and gas at the touch of a button?  Access to clean water day and night?  Your smartphone?  Wifi?!

For me, the number one thing I take for granted is access to clean and safe drinking water at all times of the day at night.  It’s something that most of us in the UK have grown up with – the fact that clean water is always there at our disposal. Few of us have ever experienced any kind of struggle in accessing clean water.

Sadly, it isn’t like this for everyone.  Pump Aid, a UK charity dedicated to working with some of the poorest and hardest to reach communities in the world, recently got in touch with me about a video they’ve put together for Global Handwashing Day.  It really hammers home the message that here in the UK we do take clean water for granted. Particularly when so many people don’t have the most basic provision of clean and safe water.

I wanted to share Pump Aid’s video with Moral Fibres readers today:

If you can’t see the video then you can watch it here on YouTube.

The Importance of Pump Aid’s Work

2.3 billion people across the world still live without access to basic sanitation. This is very much a heartbreaking everyday reality for them.  As a result, Pump Aid says that in Malawi, 12 children die every day from diarrohea due to using and drinking dirty water.  That’s over 4000 children a year, which is truly devastating.  

Pump Aid, therefore, works to provide some of the poorest communities in sub-Saharan Africa with access to clean water and toilets. They also promote safe hygiene behaviour, such as encouraging people to wash their hands. This education can help reduce the chance of diarrohea by 34%.

As a result of Pump Aid’s work, Pump Aid has managed to ensure that 1.35 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to clean water. In fact, they have installed over 9000 water pumps. Whilst this helps to meet the needs of thousands of rural communities – they still need your help to ensure more people have access to clean water.

Why not also share this video with your friends and family to help raise awareness? You can also follow Pump Aid’s vital work on Facebook or Twitter.