I’m taking 30 seconds showers at home and only washing my hair once a week. I’m letting it mellow when it’s yellow for longer than I have ever done. I’m wearing my jeans until they start standing up on their own. I’m watering my plants with what’s collected in the tumble dryer draw. I’m getting better at using less and realising I need less than I thought.
That’s me at home. Trying my best to be as responsible with my water usage as I can. As a business owner, it’s also my responsibility to make sure that smak uses as little water as possible while keeping up with hygiene and cleaning requirements. It’s not an easy task for any restaurant but we’ve managed to make some changes that are already showing massive results.
realised that ice machines waste a lot of water
I was shocked when I noticed how much melted water runs off smak’s ice machine when it’s full and decided to do a little experiment. Devin and I installed a
5 litres every single hour. That’s how much perfectly clean “ice filtered” water went down the drain.
Now, every morning when I arrive at smak and every evening before I leave, I fill 2 x
We dry our hands with paper, not towel
In March 2016, we swapped out our hand towels for a paper towel dispenser and quickly
On the subject of paper (and the environment), we’ve started to only offer paper straws and paper serviettes to all guests. Our takeaway items will also soon be offered with compostable cutlery instead of plastic cutlery and we’re looking to swap out all our plastic water bottles for glass ones. These water bottles will be sent away to be refilled, meaning much less plastic being thrown in our bins every day.
We’re updating all our taps
We are currently in the process of installing bits to our taps that will reduce our water usage from 8 litres per minute to 1.4 litres per minute. It should be a requirement for all restaurants to install these on their taps. 1.4
What makes me hopeful even though we’re going through such a water crisis is the potential for
Co-founder and chef at smak delicatessen and restaurant