Carbon Fast — Day 5

Remember your baptism today, and the power of water.  Try to conserve: Leave a bucket in the shower or kitchen sink, and collect “grey water” to water the plants.  Have a lawn?  Consider a rain barrel so you can water the lawn with rain.

If you visit the bathroom in our apartment, you will be greeted by an array of plastic jugs.  We use these to collect the cold water that comes out when we’re waiting for our pipes to warm up before showering.  Technically, this is not grey water, since it’s fresh out of the tap and perfectly potable, but that’s all the more reason not to let it run down the drain.  We share our apartment with a decent number of houseplants that happily drink this water.

I’ve toyed with the idea of using grey water to flush the toilet, but we haven’t taken that step yet.

While the tip suggests using a rain barrel to water a lawn, I recommend using that water for a vegetable garden — much tastier than all of that grass that leads to so much wasted water and oil (in the form of fertilizers and gas mowers).

Daily action from http://www.lcwr.org/lcwrsocialjustice/eoclentcalendar2010.pdf

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