California Governor Brown recently declared California’s drought a state of emergency! At Grades of Green, we are working to educate kids about water conservation so they will be inspired and empowered to conserve water for generations to come. In light of the drought, we thought we would share our top 5 tips to decrease water use:


  • Shop for only what you need and reuse as much as possible. Water is a precious resource. It is used to process all sorts of goods that we use everyday from coffee, to chocolate, to jeans. Did you know it takes 713 gallons of water to produce and manufacture 1 t-shirt?



  • Eat less meat. It takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of beef.



  • Be mindful of the water that you use every day. Save your drinking water to water house plants. Turn the water off when brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Take shorter showers and flush only when necessary.



  • Go low flow. Replace your toliet and shower head with a low flow version. You can save hundreds of gallons of water every year.



  • Plant drought tolerant plants. Who needs grass when you can have native plants? Some even attract native species like butterflies!


Check out more Grades of Green water-saving info and activities here.