11. Don't pour excess water down the drain.


This week’s advice is rather fun to think about because I hadn’t thought about reusing water after boiling pasta or Ramen noodles. I also pour water down the drain when I rinse out my coffee mugs, and this has me rethinking my wasteful water ways. 


To help you ‘Don’t pour excess water down the drain’, here’s a simple 2-step process:


1 - Set aside a bowl or bucket to capture erstwhile ‘down the drain’ water. 


2 - After it cools, feed this water to your pasta-loving plants (especially if you're growing tomatoes or oregano).


Your future you will be able to see the savings on your water bill AND capture increased air quality (and potentially increased food) from the recycled water feeding them nutrient-rich noodle-infused (or even mildly caffeinated) water.  


P.S. - It’s also been reported that Corporate Housing helps people ‘don’t pour excess water down the drain’ because our units have kitchens with large counter space and are furnished with extra bowls (and sometimes buckets) to capture this water to be recycled. I would be curious to hear what other ‘excess water’ you can consider reusing for plants or other purposes around your home (or corporate apartment)....

11. Don't pour excess water down the drain.

Does it seem like a silly one? Well, it has a surprisingly big impact. If you've got excess water laying around, maybe from boiling water for pasta or ramen for example, don't pour it down the drain. Instead, pour it into a bowl or bucket. Once it cools down, you can use it to water your plants.

This initial series will be focused on Simple Sustainable Actions - based on Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.