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With a limited supply of freshwater on board ships and submarines, seamen have over the years developed the "navy shower" to have an effective wash while saving water. As we all become more conscious of water saving in everyday life, should we all try a navy shower? Here's how to have one...

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lochossianlarge1.jpgOne of the country's oldest youth hostels has recently had a £130,000 face lift and is now being advertised as one of the most eco friendly places to stay in the UK. The hostel in Loch Ossian, high up on the remote Rannoch Moor, near Fort William now boasts, amongst other things, wind and solar power, composting toilets, grey water and bat friendly paint. It can only add to the feeling of being at one with nature, with the surrounding countryside erupting with spectacular Corbetts and Munros. The hostel sleeps 20, and a bed will cost you around £13.50 per night. As with most youth hostels you can also rent out the entire building for you and your closest friends. Loch Ossian will only set you back £285 for a week, which split between 20 is not a bad deal for such an idyllic location.

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wonderwash.JPGCutting down on your electricty and water consumption? How about going 'old school' with non-electric mini washers and dryers? The mini machines sit on your countertop, are portable (the US army uses them in Iraq and Afghanistan), use 90% less water than a conventional machine and in the case of the spin dryer, cuts a household energy usage by 5-10%.

Have you got one? Let us know in the comments!

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compost%20loo.jpgIf you're sick of flushing all those valuable nutrients down the loo and want to reclaim them as your own, then you could spend a lot of money on a composting toilet by one of the increasing specialist companies, or you could follow the likes of Dick Strawbridge and make your own.

Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre are hosting a six day residential course, starting on 28th May. It will provide you with the history of composting your waste, plus some 'hands on' experience of building your own composting toilet. The course (including accommodation) is totally free and all you have to pay for is your organic food, which will cost £50.

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Don't waste water - have a shower.

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shower_head.jpgWhen it comes to being green, I have to admit that baths are my downfall. So I decided to look into just how much water I was using, whether it really was such a sin (are power showers any better?), and how I could green up my daily wash. Pay attention, bath people!

Fronting a campaign to stop us wasting water in the bathroom is globetrotter Ben Fogle (now there's someone I wouldn't kick out of the shower), who has experienced first-hand the reality of living without abundant water. Along with DIY bods B&Q he's come up with a list of water-saving tips - and they don't all involve foregoing the bathtub. Follow the jump to see how you could save water around the house. It's all about the small things: fixing that dripping tap could save up to 20 litres of water per day...

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Bathtime kitty - the plughole mystery Barnet council is consulting its residents about planning rules it's proposing that will encourage builders only to install showers and not to provide baths.

The rules would apply to house extensions and developments of less than 10 homes. Planning committees will look at whether water flows to power showers have been restricted, water meters have been fitted and a water butt installed, but ultimately the council could refuse planning permission to developments that unnecessarily include a bath.

Presumably the subjective term of 'unnecessarily' allows them to wave through things like housing developments for people of restricted mobility. As a new father, however, I might even argue that I need the bath to wash my daughter, since I doubt she would appreciate a shower at her tender age.  (Not that she enjoys baths either.)


Sukle Advertising + Design has come up with an innovative campaign to promote water consumption awareness in Denver, Colorado. They're running billboards that are shrunk to 1/4 normal size (just enough space to say "“Use only what you need” - Denver Water", and similar messages on park benches (that are missing 3/4 of the bench, which is carrying the motif a bit far considering benches are about renewable sharing!). But the basic idea is to get positive attention, and they've done a great job on that. [GT]

Sukle Advertising + Design [via GUSH]

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