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So women waste 50Bn litres of water annually shaving legs...

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madwomanintheattic Fri 26-Aug-11 18:11:29

interesting that the eco advice is to turn the water off whilst you wield the razor, rather than not shave them at all... grin

Valetude Fri 26-Aug-11 18:14:30

Noticed in that article that PEOPLE waste 120bn litres not having the tap off when cleaning teeth.

But the 'Women are feckless and vain...' headline won, despite the other figure being bigger hmm

thisisyesterday Fri 26-Aug-11 18:14:42

I doubt I "waste" any more than DP does shaving his face!

in fact, probably less. <hairy neanderthal emoticon>

Hassled Fri 26-Aug-11 18:15:00

I do it in the shower, while the conditioner is busy conditioning. If I wasn't shaving my legs I'd just be stood there thinking about what I'm going to wear, rather than shaving my legs and thinking about what I'm going to wear.

madwomanintheattic Fri 26-Aug-11 18:20:17

grin quite, vale. <and me too, thisis. my once-in-a-blue-moon whisk around is nowt compared to the daily of dh>

and the headline is being used by soooooo many rags who really should know better.

limetrees Fri 26-Aug-11 18:20:17

I shave my legs in the bath. Uses no extra water at all - it's in the bath anyway!

MitchiestInge Fri 26-Aug-11 18:20:38

this is why God invented wax isn't it

TheCrackFox Fri 26-Aug-11 18:35:14

Thank goodness men aren't wasting any water. Phew.

thisisyesterday Fri 26-Aug-11 18:36:46

can you buy beard-wax? in a manly box innit

alexpolismum Fri 26-Aug-11 19:38:26

Good grief, women really can't win.

If we shave our legs, we face accusations of wasting water

If we wax our legs or use creams, we are harming the environment with nasty pollutants

If we leave our legs hairy we are ugly, pushy, militant, open to ridicule, [insert random stupid insult here]

Do no men leave the tap running when shaving their faces, then?

Graciescotland Fri 26-Aug-11 19:45:45

Men apparently waste 5 litres a day shaving their faces. Random statistic that DH told me, not sure what it stacks up to though.

LilBB Fri 26-Aug-11 19:57:47

So are you supposed to freeze in the nude whilst shaving your legs? At least the headline wasn't women waste billions of litres of water by using dishwasher/washing machine half full.

madwomanintheattic Fri 26-Aug-11 20:25:05

ah, bb. it's for the good of mankind and the environment. no-one wants to see a chick with hairy legs, but we can't be wasteful with our natural resources. it's a case of necessity.

anyway, i'm right p'd off now, because i hadn't sahved my legs since about february, and this damned headline made me dig out the razor. and i cut myself. bah. knew i shouldn't have bothered.

<small titter at dishwasher gag. silver lining, eh? i may just have had a coronary on the spot if it had been.>

rosy71 Fri 26-Aug-11 20:43:06

What a strange statistic. I always shave mine in the bath. I don't see how I'm wasting water; I'd be in the bath whether I was shaving them or not.

thisisyesterday Fri 26-Aug-11 20:53:52

i wonder how they came up with the statistic?

do you think they actually did a survey of how many people shave their legs in the shower and how long they take and then average it out?

or do you think they just said hmmm X number of women in the uk, showering every day, shaving legs tkes x minutes that's 50bn litres of water!

Onemorning Fri 26-Aug-11 21:04:24

IIRC they assumed that each woman would shave their legs 3x week.

I don't know if they spoke to any actual women, mind. [sucks teeth]

TheOriginalFAB Fri 26-Aug-11 21:05:06

I was going to post my thoughts and experiences on this very subject but thought no one would be interested grin.

So since there is a thread. I sat down in ths shower, blocked the plug hole with my tub of body scrub to make enough water to rinse the razor as I shaved. Quite soon I realised the water had drained away so I reached up to try and turn the shower on. What a palava. I needed to stand up and couldn't work out how. Got hold of the shelving unit and pulled myself up, thinking this will come off the wall in a minute. I then shaved my other leg the way I have been doing for years.

A broken limb is not worth water saved grin.

claig Fri 26-Aug-11 21:18:40

'At least the headline wasn't women waste billions of litres of water by using dishwasher/washing machine half full.

That message will come one day, it's only a matter of time. It's part of the progressive, green sustainability agenda. Livingstone advised us not to flush after each visit to the toilet. Soon we will be told fridges are verboten.

This message is to create more 'water conscious' progressive citizens.

‘We’re not saying women shouldn’t remove hair from their legs. We’re just asking them to do it in a water- conscious way.’

'Richard Aylard, director of sustainability for Thames Water, said: ‘Come rain or shine, water should never be wasted.
‘It may seem like it’s always raining, but we’ve had below average rainfall across our region for nine of the past 12 months, while drought has been declared in other parts of the UK. Our research proves the majority of people have a “water conscience”. We now need to help our customers use even less of it.’

Everyone is on message. It is hoped that the public will become more progressive, green and 'water conscious'. It's a step by step education programme. It will probably eventually get to dishwashers and fridges and toilets. It's green, it's about turning back the clock.

Of course, nobody mentions the amount of water that leaks out of the water companies pipes, because that is not about educating the public, turning back the clock and turning the screw on the public.

claig Fri 26-Aug-11 21:21:16

I have never seen the term 'water conscious' before. But expect to see all the progressives using this term in future. It's part of the education process.

solidgoldbrass Fri 26-Aug-11 21:28:41

An awful lot of 'eco' crap is anti-woman. They could have just pointed out to people that they should turn the tap off when cleaning their teeth, and not wash cars until you can't see out of the windscreen, but making consumerism all about silly vain selfish women is a handy way of avoiding making corporations address their responsibilities.

Dworkin Fri 26-Aug-11 21:33:55

You shave your legs because?

I understand the anger, why should women be picked out, but the root of the problem of waste in water usage is that companies don't fix leaks. Yes; it is that simple.

claig Fri 26-Aug-11 21:37:48

It is that simple. But the objective of these information messages are to educate the public in the way that is intended, it is not about solving the real problem of water leaks from old pipes.

Dworkin Fri 26-Aug-11 21:42:44

So the message seems to be:

keep calm and carry on.

Empusa Fri 26-Aug-11 21:44:59

"It is that simple. But the objective of these information messages are to educate the public in the way that is intended, it is not about solving the real problem of water leaks from old pipes."


Valetude Fri 26-Aug-11 21:47:20

How is the eco agenda specifically anti-women?

(Just interested, really. No axe to grind.)

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