Science reveals why we should all be peeing in the shower daily

Science reveals why we should all be peeing in the shower daily

I believe that there comes a time in everyone's life when they must be as open and honest as they can be. For me, that time is right now. You may think I'm gross, and that's fine (it's not.) You may think I'm weird and you may not agree with what I am about to tell you. But guys... I pee in the shower. I pee in the shower. I am not ashamed and I shouldn't be. Because - as it turns out - by peeing in the shower, I am doing the world a massive favour as well as saving precious seconds in the morning.

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Why am I doing the world a favour? Well, despite what Mr Trump thinks, climate change is a very real thing and is the undoubtedly the biggest threat that our planet faces. Not only is peeing in the shower liberating and stress-relieving, but it is also an easy way to do your little bit in helping to save the world. While you may think that what goes on in your toilet basin is in no way connected to the warming sea temperatures, it actually is. Why? Get ready for some stats.

The average flush for a modern, western toilet uses 6 litres (1.6 gallons) of water. I know that number doesn't seem particularly massive, but when you add in the fact that average adult pees around seven times in 24 hours, then you're looking at a whole different equation. For those of you, like me, who aren't great at math - that means that on average you are using 42 litres (11.1 gallons) of water when flushing away your wees.

If you fancy a few more numbers (which I know you do), that means that over the course of the year, the average person is using 15,330 litres (4,050 gallons) of toilet water on washing away their urine. To put that into context, that is 26,894 pints of water. Which, when converted into beer, is roughly how many pints I drink on a Friday night.

In all seriousness, there are 319 million people in the US and obviously, they don't all pee the same amount every day. But, if we are to use the averages to drill this point home, that means that 4.9 trillion litres of water are being wasted in the name of urine every year.

Now, if you were a shower pee-er, this number would change significantly. By doing just one shower pee a day, you'd be saving 2,190 litres of toilet water a year. If you were to spread this across the entire US population, that's 699 billion of water saved.

It's no secret that water supplies around the world are running incredibly low and that we are wasteful with what we do have. Why not do your bit and help the world out? Besides, it's quite a fun game trying to aim it straight down the plug hole. Just don't go trying to pull the same stunt when you need a poop, it's not easy having explain to your mom why the plug hole is blocked... trust me.