Washlab report released

Washlab report released

Clean, fresh water is a fundamental requirement for life, but access to this precious resource will become increasingly unpredictable around the globe as the climate changes. As a result, paying greater attention to how we use water in our everyday lives will be an important part of sustainable water resource management in the future, wherever we live. While around a third of all water used in the home is for personal washing, little is known about the routines of how and why people wash. Clean, fresh water is a fundamental requirement for life, but access to this precious resource will become increasingly unpredictable around the globe as the climate changes. As a result, paying greater attention to how we use water in our everyday lives will be an important part of sustainable water resource management in the future, wherever we live. While around a third of all water used in the home is for personal washing, little is known about the routines of how and why people wash.

WASHLab invited visitors to pull back the shower curtain and join an innovative collaborative research project to share their washing habits and explore how they could change these habits to reduce water consumption while still achieving the needs of comfort, cleanliness and convenience. By completing
 an anonymised survey, visitors 
to WASHLab contributed 
to greater understanding of why people wash and also indicate which mechanism for reducing water consumption while washing they are most likely to adopt.

Highlighting the range of washing behaviours that people engage in, WASHLab brought novel insights into the factors shaping domestic water use and the steps needed to create appropriate tools, rules, skills and understandings for more sustainable washing in an uncertain future.

{Extract from WASHLab, HOME\SICK Exhibition Science Gallery 2015}

Read the findings from CONSENSUS Washlabs report here.

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