Saving the world, one loo at a time
Every time you flush that toilet, somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 gallons of water goes down the tubes. Can you imagine standing in your loo pouring out two gallon-sized jugs of water? It would be ridiculous. But most people will waste those precious gallons in the name of our obsession with cleanliness, sanitation, and all things antibacterial.
Thankfully, London's mayor is trying to change this nutty behavior. As part of a campaign to stop wasting water, Ken Livingstone urged the city's residents to hold off on flushing if they have had only "a pee."
I can just imagine the horrifed squeals were Americans to take up this cause. But why? In light of the ever-growing concern about global warming, perhaps we should re-examine our fetish with flushing. Not only is urine sterile, but many beauty products contain urea. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, it is a toilet, after all. It's not like you're going to wash your hands in it.