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Save the World by Peeing in the Shower, Study Says


A man takes showerI believe that no matter how careless a person is about the environment, deep down, everyone would do whatever they can, if saving the world was in their hands. In fact, not much is even needed, as a couple of university students claim, it is as easy as slightly changing your morning routine. Just pee in the shower.

The news is flooded with horror stories about climate change, drought, desertification, but people, who do not see the devastating impact with their own eyes, tend to ignore the warnings and simply carry on wasting water, over-using electricity and throwing perfectly good food away.

Two students from University of East Anglia, UK, estimated that by changing a tiny part of out morning routine, UK alone could save 720 million liters of water per year. The simple trick is to pee in the shower. Chris Dobson and Debs Torr set up a campaign to back their numbers and demonstrate to the world that a small change can make a big difference.

The campaign is called “Go with the Flow” and it is currently set to challenge all 15,000 students at the University. According to estimates, these guys alone would be able to save 125,000 liters of water per year. In addition, it became apparent that annual financial savings could come to about £7.30 ($12.00) per person only if that short toilet stop is moved to the shower.

The guys admit that the response has been quite mixed. Some people seem to love it, while others are completely put off by the idea. Mostly, there has been a concern over hygiene risks, however the two students have found enough literature to back their statement up and demonstrate that there is nothing to worry about as long as the water is flowing.

The University of East Anglia is a firm supporter of all campaigns initiated by students that have a societal impact and have an aim to raise environmental awareness. “Go with the Flow” is only one of the numerous initiatives under the University’s Npower Future Leaders Challenge, which was set to inspire and encourage students to come up with such type of environmental campaigns on campus.

Image (c) Reuters

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