Here are a couple about being poo-less and showering in a way that water is saved in a bucket
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
place a bucket in your shower to collect some of the water as you (and others) shower
- it might only collect 10% to 20% of the water, and that's okay for this BB
- it might take a few days to get enough water for this BB
use a bucket of water from a shower
- to flush a toilet, or to water something outside
- at least three gallons
- from pooless showers only!
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must show proof of the following (as pictures or a video < 2 mins):
- the water from your shower that's obviously poo-less and at least three gallons of water
- pooless means no soap or shampoo
- giving the water to something outside or to flush a toilet
I don't use funny shower products just homemade soap bar and Liggets shampoo bar, which is also just soap on my hair once a week, so my showers are short and I have low flow shower heads
I was pleasantly surprised on how little water had to run before it ran hot, first 2
bucket picture. After capturing that water I put the bucket where I thought it would get the most splash off of me. I take short showers so you can see the amount collected.
I left it upstairs in the bathroom until this morning when I needed to flush, this was easier than carrying it all the way outside.
So I used rainwater to wash my hair (with bicarbonate of soda, apple scrap vinegar and camomile) and collected the used water in a garden trug. I'm hoping that using rainwater will be softer than the hard tap water we have here.
Keep going! (remember, the requirement is three gallons)
Here are two more lots of reusing greywater, from washing my hair and having a quick shower. The hair washing was about 5 litres and the shower was a bit more so together with the last lot of hair washing I think I've got to 3 gallons - that's a lot of water.
Quick question, could I complete this by using my bathwater to wash my clothes in the washer? Absolutely no soap or products go in the bath. In Japan it is usual to take a very quick shower to clean your body. (Turn off the water whilst lathering up) then get into the bath. The whole family uses the same bath water one after another (you only get in once you are clean). After you all have soaked in the bath, you then use the water to wash your clothes. I use a pump to transfer the bathwater to my washer.
If it wouldn't qualify here, is there somewhere else it would?
(I clicked submit rather than certify but somehow it still shows up like I want to certify something, which I don't. Sorry!)
So as I'm posting this, I realise that a bath holds a LOT of water. It is for 4 people to use but considering we all get a very quick shower too before getting in, it probably is very very wasteful. However its a cultural thing here and something that is nonnegotiable to my husband and many other Japanese so I do the best I can. I have got him to agree to baths every other day in winter which is a big win! No products at all go into the bath. No soap, nothing.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) my washer is efficient and doesn't use much so doesn't make much of a dent in the amount of water in the bath (and our bath is actually one that was designed to hold less water because of the added seat inside. All baths are deep, filled to the top and usually hold 210L of water. Ours is 140L.
Of course this doesn't fit the description at all so i'll leave it up to your discretion.
Here is my submission for the Greywater & Willow Feeder - Sand - Use Water from a Shower BB.
A little context: my sister's water comes from a community well and a few days ago we were informed that they would be shutting the water off for about six hours for repairs. I decided it was a great time to tackle this BB. I am about 75% down the path of poo-less-ness and decided to remove the last remaining products for a few days. There are two buckets in the shower: one was collected per the instructions of this BB and the second was filled as insurance. The water was turned off a bit later than advertised but has not been turned back on yet (almost 20 hours) and I expect the second bucket to be empty soon. Also, I decided to refill the tank after flushing since I think the design of the toilet is more efficient than pouring water in the bowl.
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided a 2-minute video of me filling the toilet tank from collected shower water that's poo-less and at least three gallons of water (these are 4-gallon buckets). I was able to fill the toilet tank twice with one bucket so there are some stills after/in the video showing the use of more than 3 gallons.
I am not in this for the badge bit, but South Africa is a water scarce country and even when the water storage dams are full (as they are at present due to unprecedentedly persistent and heavy rains) water restrictions remain in force. My wife and I - pensioners thus cost conscious - have a large basin in our shower in which we stand, thus collecting as much water as possible. Soap, shampoo etc. doesn't matter, the collected water either used directly in the toilet bowl or is kept in a large 25 litre drum for future use. Have done so now for several years. Works well. Kind regards to everyone. North Riding, Randburg, Johannesburg.
These pics were taken in December but I forgot to post them! Been pooless since.
"Each of us have a unique and necessary gift to the world. The purpose of life is to express our gifts. We are all here to contribute our gifts toward something greater than ourselves, and will never be content unless we are." - Charles Eisenstein