Organic living is a term used across all GM8 Group brands to represent our dedication to providing products that promote a more sustainable lifestyle. We don’t limit organic living to the confines of grocery shopping i.e. choosing to buy foods that are free from harmful fertilisers and pesticides. We believe living organically extends to striving to live a healthy lifestyle while also doing your part to take care of the environment. At Water Butts Direct, we focus on how we can all reduce the amount of waste we produce to improve the environmental outlook of the future.
One of the most useful and precious resources on the planet is water. Though we love to moan about the infamous British & Irish weather, we are incredibly fortunate that rainfall in the UK and Ireland is such a regular occurrence. Even so, we are all too familiar with hosepipe bans and often we experience droughts during particularly dry summers.
In 2020, a water company which serves parts of Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had to supply an extra 120 million litres per day during the coronavirus lockdown. 2020 also saw the driest May on record in East Anglia with less than 5% of the normal rainfall. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be an isolated incident.
An increased demand for water puts intense pressure on our water network as well as the environment. The new National Framework for Water Resources has warned that Britain will run short on water between 2025 and 2050, stressing that the average person needs to reduce their water use from 143 to 110 litres per day. Rob Light, Chair of the Consumer Council for Water, said:
"All of us have a part to play in the way we use water, but it’s vital we help consumers understand the scale of the problem and the steps that will need to be taken if we want them to be part of the solution.”
It's important that we all stay mindful of our water use to save water where we can, especially as avid gardeners. This can be as simple as using a watering can rather than a hose. The most useful way to make sure you aren’t wasting this precious resource is to catch and collect your own water to be used in your garden using a water butt, attached to a downpipe, ready to catch rainwater. A water butt means you can collect and store rainwater in a more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way – this is also far better for your plants than tap water as it contains all the nutrients they need without the added chlorine. Not only will your plants thank you for being prepared for a heatwave, but the environment will also give a sigh of relief if we all commit to harvesting rainwater. Water sustainability goes hand in hand with eco-living and being kinder to our planet.
If you already own a water butt, other ways to help include investing in dual-flush toilets and eco-friendly showers in order to reduce waste. Have you considered upping your efforts and pumping water back into your home for household use? Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you install a filtered water package in your home.
Remember to tag your social posts #organicliving to spread the word of our community and help others make more informed choices in the future.