Research has shown that one in three women leave the shower running while they shave their legs, wasting around 50?billion litres of water a year.
You might think that women are wasting the globe\’s precious razor blade reserves by shaving their legs at all. You might think, as Thames Water seems to, that women are wasting water by shaving their legs in a manner that is convenient to those women.
However, \”waste\” is one of those things, as with value, which is the eye of the consumer, not the beholder of said consumer. As long as women are paying the price for the water they use then their decision to use it in a particular manner is not waste. It is simply their preferred method of consumption.
If they\’re not paying the full and just price then the problem is with the price being charged which is what has to be changed.
To take a different but logically the same example. If I buy Bollinger and pour it down the neck of some young pretty to seduce her am I wasting Bollinger? Is the answer different if she does or does not know her cava from her spumante?
The correct answer is that it\’s none of your damn business: I\’ve paid for the champers and shall use it as I wish, thank you very much.
(As an aside it\’s just occured to me that young prettys should in fact be on offer free to middle aged men. Under a proper and truly socialist system of course. For the charms of the young prettys are simply natural endowments, no more the product of their labour than land and thus righteously available to all at no fee.)