Besides being an English major, I am also a makeup artist. With that said, I have to wash 100 plus makeup brushes! I have a bad habit though… I leave water running every time I wash them. Sometimes washing these brushes takes me about a half hour to an hour. According to New York City Environmental Protection Website, it states “Don’t run the water while shaving, washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Faucets use 2 to 3 gallons a minute.” Imagine all the gallons of water that I have already wasted! Realizing that I contribute to that makes me feel guilty. At the maximum of those numbers, I’m responsible for 180 gallons of wasted water, just to wash those brushes! I know that there are places in the world where the water isn’t clean or that it isn’t as easy to get. Some people don’t have the privilege of having easy access to water like I have. It is so simple to turn on water at a nice decorated sink, spending a good amount of time to wasting water, and forgetting about the world around you .
This semester I am choosing to turn off the water as I clean each makeup brush. It will probably be annoying to rinse the brush, turn off the faucet, swirl the brush in soap, turn on the faucet and rinse again. Even though it might seem annoying and difficult to maintain this new routine, I will try my best. I have already started with two brushes just so that my mind can get into the new routine.
As I learn about Environmental Justice I see that it is a great thing. To be honest, I never knew that this existed. I see that it is a movement that connects and brings people for a greater cause. A community of people have the ability to come together and find ways to protect different important aspects of the environment. As I realize this I think about what I can do has makeup artist to conserve water. Who knows, maybe in the future I can get a great group of makeup artists to conserve water with me!