Navy Showers

As I think I’ve mentioned before, one of my biggest enviro-sins is bathing. That is, I love long showers, swimming-pool like baths, hot tubs, pools, the ocean, lakes, puddles and running through sprinklers (I think it comes from my Australian roots of being a die-hard swimmer). Point: I love water. And I especially love bath products in that water. But as summer heats up here on the East Coast, I’m feeling my usual remorse that I spend too much time with the shower head (hey! Get your mind out of the gutter!).

And then I came across this really quite funny video about Navy Showers:

And this slightly sexier response:

And it got me thinking about my water- and energy- wasting ways, and then I took some action. If you’re like me ladies (and I pray you’re not, because I’m a hairy beast), you might need to shave your legs every time you shower. It takes me almost five minutes to do both my legs, usually with the water running down my back. So, my version of the “Navy Shower” is now showering as usual, then turning the water off when I shave my legs, and then rinsing off. I did it once already, and it worked out perfectly, plus I didn’t feel as rushed while shaving, thinking about all the water I was wasting. I think next time, I’m going to condition my hair at the same time, and then rinse that off at the end too, so it will give my hair extra moisture. Let me know if you try this chick version of the Navy shower and if it works for you!

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.