Saving Water and Saving Lives with Flush for Good {Win $200 Giftcard}

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Usually I try to be a little funny when I share a cause I care about, especially if that cause has to do with poop. I tell you something embarrassing about my life or some ridiculous thing one of my kids did. You would think I could come up with some bathroom horror story because of course, with 3 little kids, I’ve got them. I just don’t have anything funny to say about the world’s water and sanitation crisis right now and I don’t want to distract from the goal here.

I want to tell you about the Flush for Good Campaign from American Standard and how, with just a like or a share on Facebook or your purchase of a water saving Champion toilet, you can help. I also want you to make a pledge to save water in some way in your daily life. To thank you for reading, sharing and pledging 2 of my readers will win a $200 gift card to Home Depot or Lowes. Please read, share and help.

Flush For Good

The Scary Facts On Water

Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease.

Most illnesses are caused by fecal matter.

More people have a mobile than a toilet.

Half the people in the world do not have a safe way to go to the bathroom. Many use open-pit latrines that allow disease to spread through flies and other insects.  You can see that my bathroom mayhem is nothing compared to this.

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Flush for Good to Save Water and Lives

The incredible thing is that we can help people around the world get clean water and provide them with a more sanitary place for their business without extremely complicated machines.

In 2011, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiated the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge to help bring sustainable solutions to those without access to safe and affordable sanitation. The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge works to create long term solutions to the global sanitation crisis. With present day knowledge of the sanitation crisis and toilets overall, American Standard reached out to the foundation to help create a short term solution — the SaTo (pronounced SAH-toh, derived from “Safe Toilet”) sanitary toilet pan.

SaTo

A team of American Standard engineers conducted field research in villages located in the Rajshahi region of Bangladesh in 2012. The Product Innovation Team observed the widespread use of non-hygienic, open pit latrines shown above to defecate. Waste falls freely into the pit and people flush by pouring water into the pit.  The observed problem was that open pit.  It spread disease through the flies and other insects that could get in and out of it.  And…it smelled.

The SaTo uses ingeniously simple mechanical and water seals to reduce disease transmission by closing off pit latrines from the open air. No more open air latrines makes for a much safer and much cleaner environment.  These sanitary toilet pans will be distributed throughout Bangladesh by international development organizations BRAC USA and WaterAid.

Using the advanced technology we have to develop simple products that work around the world in very different conditions than ours is necessary to save lives.  Companies like American Standard, who devote their resources not only to developing the best toilets for you and me but also to using the same principles to help people around the world, make it possible to save a LOT of lives.

How to Give a SaTo

Just for this post, 40 SaTos will be donated. Yeah baby, you are helping just by reading!

For every Champion toilet sold in the U.S. and Canada in 2013, American Standard will donate one SaTo unit.  These potties are the bees knees, both water saving and really good at flushing whatever gets put in there.

For every 100 likes or shares of the The Flush for Good Facebook Page a SaTo will be donated. This is so easy my friends. Liking and sharing and giving.

American Standard has American Standard has committed to donating over 500,000 SaTo units to communities in need through the next year.  Please be a part of making this happen for as many communities as possible.

How to Win that $200 Giftcard to Home Depot or Lowe’s

We want to encourage you to support the Flush for Good effort, which includes both conserving water in your everyday life and helping to improve sanitation around the world by spreading the word.  I will be back here talking about how you can save water on World Water Day, but I need you to check out Flush for Good on Facebook and tell me how you can pledge to save water.  Leave that in the comments and the other entries will just give you extra chances to win! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. The winner will receive the gift card to either Home Depot or Lowe’s 4-6 weeks after providing their information.

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Disclosure:

While American Standard has provided promotional support in the form of prizes, American Standard is not sponsoring or administering the giveaway on this blog.  I am passionate about making water change possible and I believe the combination of corporations and non profits making a commitment to help can make big changes for communities around the world every day.

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  • November 1, 2013 Mary Beth Elderton

    I actually pledge to do all of those things…and a little bit more. For example, we don’t water the lawn at all–only the small bed where I grow a few things to eat. It makes my lawn guy a little crazy, because he still goes for the bright green grass all summer. But that’s just wasteful and not natural…it’s beautifully green during the normal grass season.

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  • November 1, 2013 Mary Happymommy

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

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  • November 1, 2013 amy pugmire

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

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  • November 1, 2013 amy pugmire

    I pledge to turn off the water when I shave.

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  • November 1, 2013 Jessie C.

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

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  • November 1, 2013 Jessica

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

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  • November 1, 2013 Poppy

    I pledge to take shorter showers (and not shaving this winter:)!

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  • November 1, 2013 Amanda Sakovitz

    I will take shorter showers!

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  • November 1, 2013 Craig

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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  • November 1, 2013 Thomas Murphy

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

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  • November 1, 2013 Keely

    This is awesome. YOU are awesome for taking part in this initiative! This is inspiring me to try to do MORE (and remind myself each day of just how lucky I am to have access to stuff people take for granted).
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  • November 1, 2013 Elena

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

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  • November 1, 2013 Sandra VanHoey

    I pledge to turn off water while brushing my teeth

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  • November 1, 2013 Joyce Harrell

    I pledge t turn the water off while brushing my teeth,

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  • November 1, 2013 Tracy Robertson

    I pledged to turn off the water while I brush my teeth. I “usually” do that anyway, but now that I am reminded, I will do it all the time.

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  • November 1, 2013 Nancy

    We designed our home to be energy efficient and water-conserving. Our fixtures and all appliances are water-saving models.

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  • November 2, 2013 Gianna

    To turn the water off when I’m brushing my teeth.

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  • November 2, 2013 Tabathia B

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

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  • November 2, 2013 Jennifer Marie

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

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  • November 2, 2013 Sonya Morris

    To turn off the water while I brush my teeth.

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  • November 3, 2013 April G

    I pledge to take shorter showers!

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  • November 3, 2013 Wild Orchid

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

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  • November 4, 2013 Michelle Spayde

    I pledge to continue conserving water. We’re very careful with our water use by not watering the lawn, only running full loads in the washer, keeping a water jug in the fridge, and taking shorter showers.

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  • November 5, 2013 Courtnie

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

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  • November 5, 2013 Denise L

    I pledge to water my lawn only when it needs it…and maybe not even then ;)

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  • November 5, 2013 Anna

    I pledge to turn off the water when I shave. I already turn it off when I brush teeth.
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  • November 6, 2013 Laura J

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

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  • November 6, 2013 Kristine R.

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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  • November 6, 2013 Colleen Boudreau

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

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  • November 6, 2013 Kathleen Whitney

    In Texas water is a serieus matter. I know we are to pick something from the web site. But I do my best saving of water by using four water barrels to catch any rain we may get. So I am not using the faucet.

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  • November 7, 2013 joseph gersch

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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  • November 8, 2013 Catherine Campbell

    I would turn off the water when I brush my teeth.

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  • November 8, 2013 Sara Floyd

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

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  • November 9, 2013 jenna d

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

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  • November 9, 2013 carol roberts clark

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

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  • November 10, 2013 Stephanie Ann

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

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  • November 10, 2013 karen medlin

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

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  • We changed out a toilet for an American Standard Champion and we pledge to change out our dripping faucet next!
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  • November 11, 2013 Cheryl F.

    I turn off the faucet while I brush my teeth, take quick showers, use low-flow toilets, and check for and tighten leaky faucets.
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  • November 11, 2013 tina page

    turning off the water while you brush your teeth

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  • November 11, 2013 Sarah Hall

    I pledge to only run my washer when I have a full load.

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  • November 11, 2013 gala

    I pledge to take shorter showers.

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  • November 11, 2013 Tammy S

    I pledge to take shorter showers. We also recently installed a American Standard Champion 4 Max toilet. So we are suing less water when we flush.

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  • November 11, 2013 Amanda ~ sunny vegan

    I pledge to to it all! What a great cause and reminder to conserve water every day.
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  • November 11, 2013 gigi

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

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  • November 11, 2013 Annette

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

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  • November 11, 2013 Jonathan Baker

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

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  • November 11, 2013 Marcia Goss

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

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  • November 11, 2013 V

    So many of these are things I do already, but I should start keeping a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. I do just turn on the tap whenever I need water. And sometimes I let it run until it reaches the temperature I want :(

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  • November 11, 2013 Anne

    I pledge to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge!
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  • November 11, 2013 Rhoda A

    I already do many of those, Well my water is on the cabinet and not the fridge. We also have rain barrels that I use to water my garden.

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    • November 13, 2013 Brittany

      I have to admit the keeping water in the fridge one sort of baffles me. I think it is so you are not running water to get it cold. If you have water already cold, then I think you can just use that. I do!

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  • November 12, 2013 Staci Mann Torgerson

    I pledge to take shorter showers. Also, just purchased new, front loading washing machine to help conserve water.

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    • November 13, 2013 Brittany

      Good for you! Be sure with the front loading to let it stay open after loads to completely dry out and to wipe out that rubber feeling seal. The washers are great but if you don;t regularly let them dry and wipe them down, they will start getting stinky. I also run the sanitary cycle once every month or so.

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  • November 13, 2013 courtney b

    i will take shorter showers !:) to save water…

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    • November 13, 2013 Brittany

      Plus it is winter so we can just cut out the shaving and that should save some time, right? :)

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  • November 13, 2013 Maggie C

    I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth. Easy enough, right?
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    • November 13, 2013 Brittany

      It is harder than I thought it would be a couple of years ago when I started to make a concerted effort. And oh my goodness getting the kids to turn the water off it near impossible but we try!

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  • November 13, 2013 Ann

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

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    • November 13, 2013 Brittany

      It seems like mine is full within minutes of emptying it! Life with 3 small children!

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  • November 13, 2013 NICOLE

    I pledge to take shorter showers!

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  • November 14, 2013 Jason M

    Take shorter showers

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  • November 14, 2013 Rust

    i will brush my teeth with the water turned off.

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  • November 14, 2013 Michelle Tucker

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

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  • November 14, 2013 meredith

    I pledge to take shorter showers

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  • November 14, 2013 Melinda Stephens

    I can pledge to take shorter showers.

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