world toilet day *giveaway*

Today is World Toilet Day.

I know what you’re thinking. There’s officially a day for everything now. But why do we need a day for a toilet – something everyone obviously already knows about?

Because there is a huge population of the world who doesn’t have one. In the US, we tend to take our access to clean, running water for granted. But While the Western world grapples with ways to reduce the amount of water used in our clean, abundant and convenient bathrooms,  almost half the people in the world lack  a safe way to go to the bathroom. We have traveled many places where THIS was considered a nice bathroom:

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Across the world, over 1.5 billion people are living without access to sanitary water or a proper toilet. The open pit latrines common in these places increases the spread of disease through transmissions from flies and other insects. This isn’t a matter of indoor plumbing or giving people nicer bathrooms. This is a SERIOUS health issue across the globe.

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EVERY DAY 2,000 CHILDREN DIE FROM LACK OF PROPER SANITATION. Do you know what that means?

 

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One thing is abundantly clear: this is a serious issue.  American Standard saw this as a problem and created the Flush for Good campaign to try to help.

A team of American Standard engineers conducted field research in villages located in the Rajshahi region of Bangladesh in 2012. Based on their findings, the American Standard team invented a cost-effective, hygienic toilet pan called SanTo that  uses ingeniously simple mechanical and water seals to reduce disease transmission by closing off pit latrines from the open air, keeping flies out. Plus, they’ll help reduce the occurrence of odors, thus improving sanitation and quality of life for users.

For every Champion toilet purchased, American Standard will donate one sanitary toilet pan for a developing country.  You can also help on  Facebook, with a sanitary toilet pan being donated for every 100 likes and shares.

I am so pleased to be supporting this campaign. I love that American Standard has latched on to a cause that is related to their products and is doing what they can – not just to donate money – but to EDUCATE people about this important global health issue.

win it!

One lucky Girlymama reader will win a $200 Gift Card to Home Depot, courtesy of American Standard!! 

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One winner will be selected at random and will be notified by email. Winner must have a U.S. Mailing address. For other contest rules, see our giveaway policies page.

About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.

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    Stephanie Phelps says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    Dawn Monroe says:

    My family pleged to not let the water run during dishes and while brushing teeth. We pleged to take shorter showers also.

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    carey p says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers, turn off the water while I brush, and only use the water to water my lawn when needed

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    Cheryl F. says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Heather Baker says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Elena says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I pledged to take shorter showers!

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    V says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth and not to run the tap to get drinking water

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    meredith says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers!

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    ellen casper says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Tina Demarco says:

    i pledge to take wayyyyyy shorter showers =(

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    I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. Pledge with me at FlushForGood.com #FlushForGood

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    Susan Chester says:

    I pledged to take shorter showers which makes me a little sad because I love long hot showers. How spoiled I am!

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    Jody Sisson says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Colleen Boudreau says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full!

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    kelly mcgrew says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    amanda says:

    ipledge to turn off the water when i brush my teeth

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    Denise L says:

    I pledge to water my lawn only when it really needs it.

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    Jessica Dillingham says:

    I pledge to shorten my showers

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    Sarah Hayes says:

    i pledge to turn off the water when i brush my teeth

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    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth!

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    karen a. says:

    I am taking the pledge to only flush once.

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    Jenna D says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Cathy French says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Patty wright says:

    Shut off water when I brush my teeth

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    Kathleen says:

    pledge to take shorter showers

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    Sarah Hirsch says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Tabathia B says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    Lauren Becker says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    Kristin Dillingham says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth!

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    Mel says:

    take shorter showers

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    Ann Fantom says:

    I pledged to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap

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    Tarah says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Pam O says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Kimberly Kihega says:

    I pledged to turn the water off while I brush my teeth.

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I pledge to only water my lawn when needed.

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    Laura H says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full

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    melikegarfield says:

    I pledged to take shorter showers.

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    Sheri Ferguson says:

    I pledged to only water my lawn when needed.

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    Kassie H says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    chris z says:

    i pledge to take shorter showers

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    Natalie yeoman says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    Suzanne K says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full

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    Rita Leonard says:

    i pledge not to run the water while I am brushing my teeth

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    I pledge to turn off the water while brushing my teeth!

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    steve weber says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Scott Martin says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    Tracy L Davis says:

    I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.

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    Kymberly Pray says:

    Many of these I already put into practice, but taking shorter showers is one I can definitely work on.

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    Dana says:

    to only flush once

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    mickeyfan says:

    If it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s yellow, let it mellow.

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    Katie Roch says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Samantha Ehrman says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth and to take shorter showers.

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    Kelly D says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full

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    Tammy S says:

    We pledged to take shorter showers.

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    Sonya Morris says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Luna S says:

    To turn the water off while I brush my teeth. https://twitter.com/BurningMoonProd/status/403387886277386240

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    I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.

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    Brandy says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Alona Y says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    amy pugmire says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    sandra davis says:

    i already do most of the pledges like shorter shower and turn water off when I am not using

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    katherine says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Cathy Shaw says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    BeckyM says:

    I pledge to turn the water off while brushing my teeth.

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    Terri Egelund says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Beanybopp says:

    I do a lot of these already so I pledge to flush once

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    Amy Orvin says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Sheila A. says:

    I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap

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    Kari says:

    I made the pledge to turn off the water while brushing my teeth.

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    michelle riebeek says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    David Holder says:

    I pledge to turn off the water when I brush my teeth.

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    Debra Guillen says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Holly Thomas says:

    I pledged to turn the water off while brushing my teeth.

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    stephland3 says:

    I pledged to take shorter showers

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    Brooke says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    richelle bowers says:

    to water off when I brush my teeth

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    rachel travis says:

    I pledged to turn the water off while brushing my teeth! 🙂

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    John Leahy says:

    I pledged to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.

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    Kelly c says:

    I will take shorter showers

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    Victoria Cortinas says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Candice says:

    I pledged to take shorter showers.

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    Geoff K says:

    I pledged to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge instead of constantly running the tap!

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    D SCHMIDT says:
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    Amy Pullifrone says:

    I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap

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    Nataly Carbonell says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full

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    Catherine says:

    I pledge to turn the water off while brushing my teeth.

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    Tammy Horn says:

    I pledge to not let the water run while doing dishes, take shorter showers, and don’t run the washing machine and dishwater unless they are full.

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    Betty Baez says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Tara L says:

    I tweeted & shared that I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.

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    Carly says:

    I made the pledge to turn the water off while brushing my teeth 🙂

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    Laura F. says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Kristin says:

    I pledged to only run the washer when it’s full!

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    Jennifer Dunaway says:

    I pledged to take shorter showers.

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    Jason Niersmann says:

    I pledged to turn off the water when I shave.

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    Brian Kautz says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    nicole says:

    i pledgeed: I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Kyl Neusch says:

    pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Seyma Shabbir says:

    I pledge to water my lawn only when it needs it.

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    Julie says:

    I pledge to water my lawn only when it needs it.

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    Karen M says:

    I pledged to turn off the water when I brush my teeth. Thanks

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    Courtnie says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Danielle Porter says:

    I pledge to: I pledge to water my lawn only when it needs it!

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    Pauline Milner says:

    I pledged to continue to turn off the water when I brush my teeth. Our family is very much involved in conservation. We are always trying to reduce our carbon footprint. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

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    Kelly says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    joseph gersch says:

    I pledged to take shorter showers

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    Lauren E. says:

    I pledge to only use the washing machine when its full

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    Tina says:

    I pledged to only use my washer when it is full. and I will. Love all the tips

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    Jennifer says:

    I pledged to keep water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold water!! I do most of these pledges !!! Thanks!

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    Daraya says:

    I made a pledge to only run my washing machine when it is full!

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    amy f says:

    shut off water when brushing teeth

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    Robin says:

    I pledge to turn off the water when I shave

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    Anna E. says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Carla S says:

    I pledge to only run my washer machine when it is full.

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    tina reynolds says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Daniel M says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Kathy Myers says:

    I pledge to cut the water off when brushing my teeth.

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    noelle d says:

    to turn off the water when brushing my teeth

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    debbie says:

    I pledge to turn the water off when shaving my legs.

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    Andrina G says:

    I pledge to water my lawn only when it needs it

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    Robyn L says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Rebecca Lock says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while brushing my teeth.

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    Stephanie Ann says:

    I pledged to turn of water when I brush my teeth!

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    Katie Bellamy says:

    I pledged to turn the water off when I brush my teeth!

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    Debra Hall says:

    i pledge to take very short showers

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    Heather B says:

    I pledged to only water my lawn when it needs it

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    Tina M says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Stephanie Larison says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Deb C says:

    I pledged to water my lawn only when it needs it.

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    gala says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    alaine says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full

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    Kristen Patton says:

    I pledge to turn off the water when brushing my teeth.

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    Danielle says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Nancy says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Annemarie Z. says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers!

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    Susan Smith says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Jennifer Marie says:

    I pledged to turn the water off while brushing my teeth.

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    Julie says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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    Sheila K. says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth!

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    Tiffany O. says:

    Wow I had no idea things were that bad. We are so accustomed to things the way they are here that you dont even give a second thought to things like turning the water off while you brush your teeth or running the shower for 5 minutes until it is steaming hot before you get in. I pledge to share this as well as do my part to conserve water at home and at work.

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    Beth R says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Brittney House says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Wanda D says:

    I pledge only to do full loads of laundry.

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    Tamar says:

    I take the shortest showers ever and I don’t shower every day since I am just too busy so I guess I win this one as it’s an easy pledge…but should I have admitted that? Oh well, too late;)

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    Judy Chapman says:

    Dont let the water run while brushing our teeth and take short showers.

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    Hesper Fry says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Mary Cloud says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth
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    Tara O. says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    Misha Estrada says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while brushing my teeth.

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    Karrie Millheim says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teet

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    Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Pledge to install a low flow toilet and shut off water when brushing teeth

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    martha says:

    I already pledge all above ,,,seriously

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    Richard Hicks says:

    I pleged to take shorter showers!

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    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    Holli Joren says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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    Kenny F says:

    use less water

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    Leslie L Stanziani says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it’s full.

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    I pledge to turn off the water while brushing my teeth.

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    Gabrielle Marshall says:

    I pledged to only run the washing machine when it’s full!

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    Jill says:

    I pledge to only run my washing machine when it’s full

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    susan smoaks says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers. Tony L Smoaks on facebook and on rafflecopter.

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    Denise Donaldson says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while brushing my teeth https://twitter.com/MistySunrise/status/404982549727813633

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    Tanya White says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Ellie W says:

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    K.Pugh says:

    I pledged to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than running the tap.
    Thanks for the chance.

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    Paul K says:

    I pledge to turn off the water when brushing my teeth.

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    Kirsten says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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    robyn donnelly says:

    My pledge is to use less water brushing teeth or washing dishes.

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    Terry Cross says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth

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    Lynda Thomas says:

    I pledged to only run my washing machine when it is full! 🙂

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    Beeb says:

    I pledged to only run the washing machine when it’s full, which I already do, but seemed like a good message to tweet as a reminder 🙂 Thank you for sharing this!

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    Ashley Trail says:

    I currently practice all of the water saving tips, I pledge to continue doing all of them and spreading the word of being conscious of ways to be green and love the earth and all that inhabit it 🙂

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    Lynde F. says:

    I pledge to take shorter showers,

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    laurie says:

    I pledeged to turn off the water when I brush my teeth

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    Alicia says:

    I pledged to only run the washing machine when it’s full.

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    Trisha McKee says:

    I pledge to turn off the water while brushing my teeth.

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    Joy Q says:

    I pledge to water my lawn only when it needs it

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    Lisa says:

    I plege to turn off the water while brushing my teeth

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    Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap.

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    Paula V says:

    Hi. Did you choose a winner for this?

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