Thursday, 30 April 2015

Waste Not, Want Not: Shower Time

We love a good bath. It's got to be one of the best things you can do after a long day standing at a fair or a perfect way to warm your bones after a chilly day rummaging. We would even go as far as saying it would be our luxury on our dessert island if we could drag it there.




So we feel the guilt deep when we hear people talk about the amount of water a bath uses over a shower. A full bath uses up to 80 litres of water whereas a 5-minute normal shower uses about 35 litres. And before you mention "the evil power shower" a 5-minute power shower actually only uses about 60 litres, which still saves 20 litres of water when compared to a full bath. So not good news for us bath fans.

The water issue isn't a new concern, there were many campaigns in World War Two about water wastage which even hit the royal family. It was said that they had a 5 inch mark around their bath to make sure they weren't using to much! We don't reckon that's even enough to make good bubbles.



In war time, water so precious due to its need else where. They couldn't afford to waste fuel on pumping up more than was necessary and the water in the tanks would be needed for fight the fires after a raid had happened. Our worries with water are now a little different, although 3/4 of the Earth's surface is covered with the wet stuff, less than 1% of that is drinkable and even though water is renewable, our water we drink now could have easily been the same water drunk in World War 2, fresh water is finite and has to go through the whole water cycle again before it's drinkable again. Our water now-a-days have a hefty price tag, every drop of it you use is costing you and no one likes the look of their water bill as it hits their mat.

Suddenly showering has a little more of an appeal. And with people like the Soap and glory, the quirky cosmetic company with the great sounding products and pretty packaging, coming up with the 2 Minute Rinse, its even more so.



They timed 17 of their staffs shower, hopefully not in with them, and they found you could do all of your showering needs in 120 seconds (with a couple of turns ons and offs) and have even given you a little guide. Take a look at their page here for more info.

We posted a while ago about the tongue in cheek campaign from We Are What We Do, called Showering for Glory which coincided with Olympics, read the whole blog here or just have a look at the video that they made. Although it has a silly edge, there was a lot of usefulness in the idea of quick showering. 



But if you, like us, really can't live without a long soak there are ways to maximise your bath time and reduce your water wastage:
  • You can share your tub. Two people mean you use half the water right? 
  • Reuse your water after your bath whether it be for watering your plants or, with a sprinkle of soda powder included, a way to deep soak your threads.
So next time you fancy a soak, think royal about the depth or consider showering for your glory instead and see if you can save a little.

This blog falls into our Waste Not, Want Not series which is all about showing you ways to reduce your waste and how to reuse it. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Waste Not, Want Not" tab at the top of the page. 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Do Your Bit: Remember WW1

This year is 101 years since the start of World War One, a war which changed so much for the men who fought in it and the home front they left behind. Everyone had their part to play and volunteering became a key way that people could contribute to the national effort and feel like they were doing their bit. Over a century later, a campaign has been started to inspire people to revive that want to help and to sport active commemoration of the sacrifices that people made all those years ago.




Remember WW1 is a not-for profit group whose aim is to people across three themes, service, sacrifice and society. They want to inspire people to want to learn about WW1, the sacrifices made, the impact of society and what it meant to take part. One way to do this is to get people to think what service means to them now and collectively give their time or knowledge to their communities today, a sentiment that we wholly agree with at What's your tale, Nightingale? as part of our Do You Bit campaign. The movement was founded by renowned author Clive Aslet and social entrepreneur John O'Brien and now led by a big group of partners, it builds on the highly successful 2012 "Jubilee Hour" volunteering campaign (one that we were part of) which resulted in the largest mobilisation of volunteers since WW2 to give an hour of your time to your community in the Jubilee year.

There are several ways you can #DoYourBit, the website has a few ideas which we have included below as well as adding our own ten pence to get you in the mood.

  • Volunteering: This is something that the website suggest but it's also something we feel strongly about. Many of us on the team have worked with charities and know of the need they have for volunteers and not just envelope pushers or cold calling or even turning up in person either. Many small charities need help with computer training, social media direction, design work and a lot more besides. The website suggests going through this site www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/i-want-to-volunteer but you can also contact the charities direct and see what you help.

  • Green fingers: There are several ways you can get involved if you like getting down and dirty, with the soil that is. The Woodland Trust is commemoration the Centenary of the First World War through planting 4 flagships woods. You can get involved by fundraising, planting a tree where you are or attending a planting event. Have a look for more information here www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/fww. 



  • Or maybe there is part of your neighbourhood that's always looked a little unloved and you've wanted to spruce it up? The Royal Horticultural Society have a Britain in Bloom campaign, find our your near group here: www.rhs.org.uk/communities or you could take up your own initiative and get a group organised yourself, just make sure you check with any owners before you start ripping anything up.

  • War Memorials and Churches: Have all the ideas so far sounded a bit too active for you? Why not help The War Memorial Trust to survey and list war memorials around the UK www.warmemorials.org or you could get involved with the Churches Conservation Trust which relies on volunteers to keep over 340 historic churches.

  • Education: If you've got a bit of passion for history but don't know how to go about sharing it, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is extending its popular Schools Visits programmed and needs some more helpers to give free educational tours to schools around its key UK cemeteries. Don't worry they will full train you, for more info take a look at www.cwgc.org/learning-and-resources/school-visits/volunteering.aspx 

  • Businesses: Find our how your business and work place can commemorate WW1 and have a positive presence in your community. www.bitc.org.uk
So hopefully you have been inspired by a few of those ideas if not there are more on their website at https://rememberww1.org/be-inspired/. Once you have thought how you would like to help, pledge your time by joining Remember WW1 https://rememberww1.org/be-inspired/get-involved/ They also have a selection of hash tags they are using on Twitter to if you want to get involved in the conversation don't forget to add them to your posts and keep following them to stay in the loop, they are: 
 #Pledge #RememberWW1 #ActiveCommemoration #DoYourBit

So in this year of memory, make you commemoration count and instead of just remembering the sacrifices made, take an active role in bringing back an ideal which helped so much all those years ago. To quote Remember WW1 "Let us mobilise for the good of today in honour of all those affected 100 years ago" 

All information has been respectfully copied from the Remember WW1 website, take at look at it here: www.rememberww1.org

If you would like to connect with them through social media, their Facebook page is: 
https://www.facebook.com/rememberww1 and the Twitter: https://twitter.com/rememberww1

This blog falls into our Do Your Bit series which is all about lending your hand to the little things to make the big things happen. Find out more about this series and our others at on our Overview blog or find more in the same series by pressing the "Do Your Bit" tab at the top of the page.