Celebrating World Water Day
To me, there is something magical about water and its winding, wending journey over the landscape. It is mesmerizing. On my breaks at Badger, I often head to the Ashuelot River just a 5-minute walk away to stand and stare. I feel connected, to this place and all the places the river has been and is flowing towards.
Today is World Water Day, a day to bring awareness to the world water crisis and to reflect on what part we can all play in alleviating water inequality and taking responsibility for our impact. Water is an essential building block of life; necessary for the production of food, for hygiene, for life. At Badger, we conscientiously strive to walk a healthy trail and to be mindful of our impact, ever engaging in self-inquiry focused on improvement.
Here are 10 ways that Badger respects our world’s water and minimizes its impact:
- Many of our products are super-concentrated and anhydrous, meaning they are made without water inputs or outputs.
- We mindfully source ingredients from organic producers, supporting agricultural practices that prevent the chemical pollution of waterways and build soil structure. We estimate that it takes approximately 1,550 acres of organically cultivated agriculture land to grow the ingredients used in Badger’s products each year.
- The printer paper we use at Badger is 100% post-consumer recycled and processed chlorine-free, and our paper product packaging is 98% post-consumer recycled. This means that it takes significantly less water to make (16,399 gallons less per ton!) than virgin paper and doesn’t contribute to deforestation, which results in erosion and can lead to a host of environmental catastrophes.
- We have eliminated single-use plastic water bottles at Badger by providing filtered drinking water through a water dispensing station that counts bottles saved and a water cooler that uses 5-gallon jugs, which we refill.
- We have a well-designed septic system that effectively returns cleaned waste water to the water table. We sit uphill from a river and from a spring that locals (and Badgers!) often drink from, so we take our downstream wastewater responsibility very seriously. We regularly test our water to make sure that the water we return to the water table is the same quality or better than when it was diverted. Badger is also built upon natural sand deposits, so once our built septic system has done its job, there are millions of yards beneath the system for water to slowly pass through for further purification.
- Badger’s gardens are mulched and fed with lots of compost, which retains soil moisture and reduces water requirements.
- Badger toilets and showers are all low-flow, reducing the amount of water used.
- Our sunscreen creams and sticks are tested to be biodegradable, so they break down rather than linger in the water to then throughout the ecosystem.
- Badger’s reef-safe mineral sunscreens don’t harm coral reefs, unlike the 4 main ingredients found in chemical sunscreens. Coral is important to ocean biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and it provides a buffer to coastlines, helping to lessen potential damage from tropical storms.
- We track and monitor our water usage through our Environmental Management System and then publicly report that usage in our annual report, published every spring.
Today, on World Water Day, we challenge you to consider ways you can reduce your water usage and help preserve our global water system. A few things you can do to make a difference are:
- Avoid using plastic. Every piece of plastic that has ever been created is still in existence, and much of it ends up in our oceans.
- Volunteer with local organizations conducting stream and river clean-up.
- Use earth-safe cleaning chemicals and phosphate-free soaps and detergents.
- Don’t pour chemicals or medicines into sinks or toilets.
- Choose natural and organic pesticides and fertilizers for your lawn and garden.
- Use mulch or compost in your home garden to preserve soil moisture and use less water. Water your garden or lawn before sunrise or after sunset to reduce evaporation.
- Install a water-efficient showerhead.
- Put a brick in your toilet tank to reduce the water used per flush, or purchase a water-efficient toilet.
- Pick up after your dog.
- Maintain your car regularly to reduce the leaking of oil, antifreeze and other liquids.
For more information about World Water Day, or to learn more about what you can do to take action, visit www.worldwaterday.org.