Assistant professor of environmental science and studies comments on the environmental impact of showering frequency
The pandemic has altered life in many ways, including how frequently people are showering. In light of this, The New York Times explored the history, cultural traditions, and environmental impacts of bathing.
Andrea Armstrong, assistant professor of environmental science and studies, shared that she was encouraged people were rethinking the daily shower. But she also pointed out that a shift in bathing habits was unlikely to make a significant impact. For that, local and federal governments have to invest in infrastructure that makes showering and water use in general less harmful for the environment, she said.