So I know I don't really talk about it much on the blog (TBH I'm not sure how much interest there is on this topic), but did I tell you I live in a trailer? Yep, I share a 240 sq ft Airstream trailer with my husband and two dogs. I guess I don't talk about it much because I already live and breathe trailers for work. But it's been about a year and a half since we made the move and now I can't really imagine living in anything else (well I guess I could imagine it, but with the housing prices in the San Jose being absurdly high, it's not a thought I entertain too often). Yet to be honest, I'm perfectly happy living in our trailer and I'm not tired of it.
Anyway I bring up trailer living today because lately I've been thinking about the various ways we all try to help lessen our harmful impact on the environment and the world around us. This is especially true when you read and write in the conscious consumerism blog space. Most of here have tried to turn our backs to fast fashion (or at the very least turn towards slow/ethical fashion). I know some of us are also trying to use less plastic (something that I'm failing at). And some try to go vegan more often since animal agriculture is one of the most destructive industries on the planet (side note: this documentary really opens your eyes on this and it can be found on netflix, go watch it!). Well I can't give up meat or plastic (not yet anyway), but I do what I can by living in a small space.
Living in a small space means using less energy for heating and cooling, acquiring less home items (since there's no place to put them), and also using less water with trailer showers. What's a trailer shower you ask? Well since there are times when your trailer isn't hooked-up to a sewer connection (when you're dry-camping), these trailer come with a shower head with a pause switch that stops the flow of water. So to save water (and thus keep it from filling up your storage tanks), you rinse, pause the shower, soap up, and rinse again. And TBH I love taking showers like this. When I lived in a regular house I would step away from the running water to soap up, thus letting gallons of water go needlessly down the drain. Since living in a trailer, I've become much more aware of my water consumption and that's been great. Sure it's only a small drop against the tidal wave of environmental catastrophes our world is facing (multiple puns intended). And it makes no discernible difference to the world and that it's just something that makes me feel better about myself (according to Ecocult), but we all do what we can right? After some research, I found this shower head on Amazon that also has the same pause function that's not too expensive. So if you're interested in saving water with trailer showers, it's definitely worth a try.
Anyway if I lag a bit on my reviews it's because I'm preparing our trailers to go out to Burning Man and then we'll be heading out there ourselves with our own trailer for part of the week. I'm sure I'll be back with some tales about that so see you on the other side and have a great week guys!