Focus: Water Resources
Location: Bienne, Switzerland
Do you know how much water you use every time you take a shower? According to Conserve H2O, it’s about 2.5 gallons (9.5L) per minuet for newer efficient shower heads, and older shower heads could be pumping out much more. In addition to the water used during shower time, much water is sent directly down the drain simply waiting for it to heat up before getting in. Water is already a scarce resource in many parts of the world, and climate change is only making this situation worse (US News). Showers are in desperate need of a change to stop them from throwing so much of this valuable resource down the drain. Gjosa has a plan to redesign the shower experience and drastically reduce the amount of water needed for each shower.
The Gjosa shower was inspired by Iceland’s hot springs and waterfalls, where, “the spray of the thundering mist of cascading waterfalls soothes body and soul.” Their aim was to bring this beautiful natural experience into people’s homes while conserving water as a precious resource. The shower uses a patented design to speed up and collide streams of water creating a fine spray that is instantly heated. Gjosa’s shower will only use 2L of water per minute, or about half a gallon, creating drastic savings even when compared with water efficient shower heads. Instant heating also eliminates the waste from waiting for a shower to get up to temperature. It also creates energy savings, as less water needs to be heated per shower.
Gjosa sees their product being used to reduce consumption in water stressed regions and eco-friendly communities, as well as in the tourism and cosmetic industries. They estimate that wide usage of the Gjosa shower would reduce water consumption from showers 75%, creating a significant impact on national water usage. Gjosa also claims that their shower head provides a better more enjoyable shower experience because of its inspiration in nature. With Gjosa, people can enjoy water in a natural way while also contributing to its conservation.
Environmental impact: Efficient water use, efficient energy use
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