Think about the routine you go thru to prepare, cook and eat a meal and its affect on how many dishes you use.
1. Cook meal. - uses 3 pans and 3 utensils.
2. Put meal onto serving dishes. - uses 4 dishes
3. Put the meal on plates. - uses 4 plates, 4 forks and 4 cups.
4. Put leftovers in storage containers. - uses 2 containers and 2 lids.
5. Put leftovers onto plates. - uses 2 plates, 2 forks and 2 cups.
6. Wash pots, wash plates, wash storage containers. - 32 different dishes.
That's 32 different dishes for one prepared meal and one leftover meal. If you repeat this process 200 times in a year, that's over 6400 dishes you will have to wash and rinse. At 10 seconds a rinse that over a 1000 minutes a year rinsing. At 20 seconds a wash that's over 2100 minutes a year.
Here are two ideas for saving yourself time and water over the course of the next year.
1. Serve your meal directly from the pots and pans you cooked them in. By doing this you save yourself 800 washes and rinses, which equals about 400 minutes a year.
2. Eat your leftovers directly from the storage containers. By doing this you will save yourself 800 washes and rinses, which equals about 400 minutes a year.
Not only do you save time by not having to wash and rinse as much, you also save time by not having to replate as often. The savings will also be found in the amount of water you use a year.
This isn't a monumental life changing idea, but I'm sure there are a large population of folks out there who repeat this process everyday. Best of luck.