Vivienne Westwood rarely showers, reuses her husband’s bathwater: gross?

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is my design boo. I just love her daring visions with dramatic (and sometimes gaudy) fabrics. She can sometimes come off as a little bit eccentric, but a better word is “endearing.” She’s adorable. Vivienne is making me scratch my head a little bit with her newfound confession to support World Water Day (March 22).

Vivienne has recorded a new video about water conservation. I’m trying to forget that this is a PETA ad. This is Vivienne’s take on the “I’d rather go naked than eat meat” slogan that PETA overuses. I’ve always felt like celebrities use those campaigns as a way to take it all off and look charitable in the process. Viv stays covered up as she claims, “I’m an eco-warrior, but I take long showers with a clean conscience because I’m a vegetarian.” Here’s her clip, which is all about how the meat trade is the biggest water waster on the planet:

Ha. This makes me feel a little better about “just recycling” to help the environment. Now I can claim to save the planet because I stopped eating meat decades ago. Thanks, Vivienne!

The strange twist on this subject is that Vivienne also spoke to the Mail about how she rarely showers. She makes a habit of diving into her husband’s dirty bathwater instead:

“Normally at home I’m not used to the habit of a shower. I just wash my bits and rush out in the morning and more often than not get in the bath after Andreas. I’m sorry but whatever you do is helpful. We have to start somewhere. This is about how precious water is, it’s more important than the gas that the people want to dig up and we’re prepared to poison our water for that for example. Eating meat is one of the most environmentally damaging things it’s possible to do. I’m a person who’s got enough money to make choices and this is my choice. We don’t need to eat animals, there’s too many of us anyway and eating animals is destroying the world. I believe that we are an endangered species and we need to think about what we’re doing. We’re probably killing ourselves through eating meat.”

[From Daily Mail]

I don’t want to get into a huge debate of whether or not meat-eaters are destroying the environment. Let’s be more superficial and talk about whether it’s gross to re-use your husband’s bathwater. Is it? “Wash my bits” is kind of icky to say. I understand why some people (with cooperative hair) wouldn’t want to wash their hair every day. Shailene Woodley only does it once a month, which is extreme. Hair is one thing, but bathing is another.

Vivienne Westwood

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  1. call me cynical... says:

    Not only is it gross but it’s TMI!!!

    • fairyvexed says:

      If she wanted to save water she could use it on her plants. The soap residue even helps with some pests.

      What is it with rich people and their need to do weird shit?

    • Zwella Ingrid says:

      She is a total whack job. I got news for her, we are all going to die whether we eat meat or not.

      • Monie says:

        At this point, just living seems to ruin the environment. I would like to know how many kids these environmentalists are cranking out. Their extra baths, toilet flushes, trash disposal, food consumption, etc is also helping destroy the planet. I don’t have kids so I’m eating a damn pork chop and showering as applicable. My lack of kids and their lack of eating meat cancels out each other’s impact, right? *shrug*

      • Mel says:

        ” I got news for her, we are all going to die whether we eat meat or not.”

        I wouldn’t presume to know her reasons for being vegetarian, but if she is like me, she is not doing it for HER health at all – she’s doing it for the animals’ “health”, because she refuses to participate in the killing of living beings for food.

        (Speaking for myself, being a vegetarian since the mid-1980s certainly hasn’t harmed my health. I am never – ever – sick, not even with a cold, my skin is flawless, I have no aches in my body. I seem to be quite healthy and I am told I look very well.
        But even if it DID harm my health, I would still refuse to eat meat. Because I find it unacceptable.)

        As for her washing habits, they may not be endearing to read about, but the fact is most people in the Western world overdo the bathing BIG TIME, to the point where it may very well be harming their health (long story, easy to verify with reputable medical sources the net).
        And this comes from someone who LOVES daily bathing.

      • AG-UK says:

        I have one kid and I am still eating that pork chop.

      • Hiddles forever says:


        I have no kids either… So I am in the meat-eating brigade too.

        Sorry but although I love vegetables, I always found the vegetarianism movement quite annoying. My Facebook friends list is full of these people trying to convince others not to eat meat. I just don’t get it because as a meat eater I don’t go around slapping vegetarians and trying to convince them to eat meat…. Live and let live. If vegetarians just like to eat carrots and cauliflowers they should understand is just their business.
        In the end, many of us drive cars. How many of you go to work by bicycle so we stop polluting the environment?

      • LadySlippers says:


        Honestly it goes both ways. I have friends that give me a lot of grief for my eating habits (I’m Jewish and don’t eat a ton of meat because it’s easier with the dietary laws). And even when I was a pescatarian for other reasons — I still got hammered for my beliefs.

        The reality is that there a lot of people pushing ‘their way’ onto others. None are fun. However, there is a lot of evidence that even reducing your meat consumption helps the planet and yourself be healthier. Granted, there’s a lot of other methods that should be looked at too, as this issue needs to be looked at holistically rather than piecemeal.

        For example, Americans are horrible at using and promoting public transportation and even use large vehicles to get around in. This is where most other countries excel, they promote and have excellent public transportation systems and use much smaller cars than Americans do. Public transportation also helps the planet immensely.

      • blue marie says:

        you mean you don’t go around smacking your neighbors with a slab of beef, you are missing out! Seriously, I am like the rest of you in that I don’t care if you’re a vegetarian or not, I’m still going to eat the pork chop.

      • Gorgonia says:

        I’m vegan and I don’t want to discuss food choices of other people. But just to clarify things, vegan don’t eat only carrots, salad and cauliflowers: I regularly eat lasagne, pasta, risotto and a lot of traditional italian food and far east food. Enjoy your meal!

      • Pandy says:

        Hiddles, I think people are discussing food/consumption issues more because we can no longer hide our heads in the (polluted) sand and carry on with our destructive lifestyle habits. I am a proud vegetarian AND I don’t have a license. I commute to work by bike 8 months of the year and during the Canadian winter, I take public transit. So, yup, one of those annoying tree huggers who walks the walk. I don’t eat meat as a protest to the conditions animals are raised and slaughtered in, but it is a proven fact that factory farmed animals is one of the worst destroyers of the planet. Join us – be a smug veg!!

      • Hiddles forever says:


        “The reality is that there a lot of people pushing ‘their way’ onto others. None are fun.”
        “For example, Americans are horrible at using and promoting public transportation and even use large vehicles to get around in.”
        Yep. I used to live in USA many moons ago and I had to write an essay for school. I was born and bred in Europe and we were starting to abide by antipollution laws back then. In Italy they came up with the idea of the uneven/even numbered licence plates, meaning that if the last number of it was even, you could take the car in some days and the ones with the uneven number in others. We had the antipollution boxes and if the levels were beyond the accepted limits, the ‘car ban’ started the following day. So if in a family all cars had an even or uneven number.. well, public transport was our friend! I wrote this in my essay, I still remember my American lecturer laughing his bum off because it was so crazy for Americans thinking that one person couldn’t be free to use the car.

        @Gorgonia Of course you don’t eat just that. I only put two examples of food, I couldn’t write the whole list down. To be honest, only rceently a vegan friend of mine explained to me the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian. To clarify things, real lasagne are made with bolognese sauce (with beef mince in it) and you need a meat stock to make the best risotto of the planet. Any other variation of those recipes has been made up recently but it’s not like the same stuff. Word of someone who was born in Italy ;)

        @Pandy I’m forced to be a smug veg by force, most of the time we can’t afford to buy meat! However, I always liked meat and I don’t think I will ever stop eating it… And us Europeans, you know we are a bit disgusting right.. we also eat it raw :P

      • k miss says:

        This is to Mel actually, but it’s not even about animal health. It’s considered eco-friendly to not eat meat because of the vast amount of resources consumed to raise meat.
        We use a lot more of this stuff for meat than you would think. Then there’s the side effects to all that, for instance, the pesticides used on feed crops, as well as the push toward super crops which some would argue is ultimately decreasing diversity in our food stuffs and genetically altering other plants. Even grazing alters plant diversity. It’s a mess and all connected.
        I eat meat though, so there’s that.

      • JWQ says:

        @Hiddles forever: the car plates… I had an American schoolmate in uni, and when he came here (in Italy) to study, he still used the car even if it wasn’ t the right day to do it, because he couldn’ t get over the fact that there was a law that said when you could use it and when you could not. “If you buy and legally pay for it, you can do whatever you want with it, anytime you want!” was his defense! He got I don’ t remember how many fines and his licence revoked!

    • Gorgonia says:

      @Hiddles: I’m Italian too, and for luck there are plenty of recipes you don’t need meat to eat good and tasty food. :-)

  2. Monie says:

    Does she strain her hubby’s bath water? I ask because damn, men leave a lot of pubes behind after a shower/bath. I love my boyfriend but no way I’m using his residual water to wash my body. *shivers*

  3. Chicagogurl says:

    the thought of reusing someone’s water makes me choke on the phlegm in the back of my throat. ick.

  4. Ag says:

    and… she looks like she’d do sh*t like that. haha. bless her.

  5. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    I think reusing bathwater is or at least was a totally normal thing in England. This is not the first time I’ve read about them doing it. And good for her for choosing to make conscious decisions on behalf of a better world. If only everybody started doing one thing.

    • Ponytail says:

      Um, I’ve lived in England most of my life and the only thing I’ve heard people resuing bathwater for is for ‘flushing’ the loo or watering the garden (non-edible plants). Maybe during the Second World War but not for the last 40 years, not a common thing at all.

    • Dani2 says:

      Lol not sure where you heard that but I’ve lived in the UK since I was born and I have never heard/done that. It’s just so unsanitary, I can’t.

      • Clever hand says:

        I have definitely heard this from scots and Irish people as a sort of insult towards English people. When traveling Europe I heard that English families do this regularly where dad bathes first, then mom, then kids, all in the same water. however I never thought it was true.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        Well it is not true at all. Strange you mentioned scotland but in the wrong sentence, because the only family where I saw to re-use the bath water (only for all the children though) was scottish.

      • DottieDot says:

        HAHA. I am of Scottish descent, live in the US, and my mother used to have us kids from oldest to youngest re-use the same bath water on the farm we were raised on. Hmm, I haven’t thought of that in years! Also we Americans are so spread out in a large country that public transportation isn’t an option for us. And there is no sinking way I am living in any city!

    • Penny says:

      It is a thing, I know tons of English people who do this, some because it’s what they grew up with and others because they don’t really have an option, whether because they can’t afford a big bill or they live in a house where they only get enough to half fill one bath.

      When I lived in London I had about 5 minutes max of hot water in the shower, significantly less if I’d already used hot water to do dishes or whatever. Some people’s supply runs out after an hours use, some after a few minutes.

    • Happyhat says:

      I don’t know if it’s a particularly British thing to do. It might be more an age-thing? My grandparents used to use the same bathwater on their scheduled ‘bath night’.

      I’m guessing if you came from having tin baths and outside toilets, sharing your bathwater is no biggie.

  6. crumblycookie says:

    Oh gosh. . .. my husband and I sometimes share the bath water as well. Does that mean we’re gross? It just seems wasteful to dump a full tub of perfectly good hot water down the drain. It’s not like there is dirt, assorted skank and dead fleas floating around in there after one of us has used it. I’m not even one of those uber environmentally conscious people–I don’t recycle my empty peanut butter jars (too much work to clean them out–into the trash they go). Hmmm. . . . guess I will wait and see what other people think before I throw the baby out with the bath water.

  7. Carolin says:

    She’s just a little oldfashioned like that… ;-)
    In the old days of wooden bath tubs and open fires with kettles of water, men were allowed to take their bath first, before all other family members. My grandmother, born 1914, told me about it – it was all cold and yucky when she finally was allowed to take her bath, as the youngest of 6 children…

  8. Katey says:

    Sorry but raising animals for food IS killing the planet. Simple research will show that.

    • LadySlippers says:

      And us.

      We, as a whole, are eating WAY too much meat based protein — one to two times a week is plenty. Most people eat meat twice in a day, every day.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. Even if people aren’t vegetarians or vegans, it still helps to cut back on the amount of meat in your diet. Especially in the US, most of our grain goes towards feeding livestock. If we cut back on meat, we will cut back on the resources used to grow food that we aren’t eating.

    • Isadora says:

      I second that. I’m not vegan, although I probably eat about 70-80% vegan and I think that’s still a lot better than just not caring at all. Plus I tend to eat vegan when I’m out because I feel severely grossed out by the antibiotics and hormones in conventional raised meat/eggs/dairy products. My occasional cheese or yoghurt at home (or even meat once in while, although I hate cooking it and my cats tend to be annoying pests when they smell it) is only organic. I generally buy only organic food and I’m lucky that practically all kinds of food imaginable are available in the organic variety here.

      Funnily enough a large amount of plant-based food is also easier on the monthly budget. I mean, really, legumes like beans, lentils, peas, chickpeas etc. are dirt cheap – as well as whole grains and fresh seasonal produce.

  9. Mimif says:

    I grew up in a constantly drought afflicted state and this kind of thing was and is very common. I can’t hate on her for trying to make a difference; it’s true that every little bit counts.

  10. Monkey Towz says:

    Or bathing together? You get clean & some lovin too. Win win!

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I like her but I have to be clean, I’m sorry. Bathing in someone else’s bath water just wouldn’t do it for me. At all. Ew. I can’t think about this too long.

    • V4Real says:

      I with you on that. I find it gross, husband or not. I don’t want on me what you just washed off. How in the hell can you call yourself clean if you’re covered in someone elses dirt?

      • PattyPyro says:

        If someone bathes daily, how dirty would their bathwater be? And if you would have sex with him, why wouldn’t you be willing to share a bath? We are not talking about sharing bathwater with a stray dog here….

      • V4Real says:

        First of all how do you know he bathes daily? Secondly having sex with someone and using their dirty bath water is completely different no matter how you try to make it seems as if it’s the same thing. But go ahead and feel free to reuse whomever dirty bath water you wish to but I perfer to clean myself with unused water.

        ….and yes I have been in a jacuzzi with people but I shower after, my choice because I like to feel and be clean.

        Just because I kiss someone doesn’t mean I want to use their toothbrush. It’s called hygiene. Also just because people take baths together or uses each other’s toothbrushes doesn’t make it hygenic.

      • Dani2 says:

        @V4Real I think some people should just admit to having lower standards of hygiene than others, it’s not a crime, if you’re okay with what you normally do then cool.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Um, dirt, lint, sweat, body oils, dead skin, pubic hair, saliva, traces of body waste. If you feel clean bathing in that, be my guest, but I’ll pass. My husband showers daily, and so do I, but we get dirty. That doesn’t mean I compare him to a dog.

      • Kathryn says:

        Me and hubby shower in the morning and have a bath at night. I think it depends on whether you’re a bath person or not some people are grossed out by sitting in their own water let alone someone else’s!! If one of us is really dirty eg muddy we don’t share the bath but otherwise it’s pretty clean.

        For us it’s a nice relaxing intimate time we sit in there have a glad of wine and some bubbles light a candle or two then hop out. Don’t know what the big deal is really but each to their own I guess!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I know this is totally illogical and contradicts everything I just said, but what you’re describing sounds sweet to me, not gross. First, you have already bathed once that day. Second, you’re in the tub at the same time. Don’t ask me why, but that doesn’t bother me like having someone take a bath and then you climb into their dirty water. That just grosses me out. But your bath time together sounds relaxing and nice. I would copy you, but our only tub is the old fashioned little kind and we wouldn’t really fit.

  12. Angie says:

    Why the need to share this with us?? Please spare us the inevitable picture of you bathing in your hubby’s pube infested bath water!!!!

  13. Sumodo1 says:

    I don’t want to get into a shouting match about the choices some people make in their advanced years. Bathing is often an issue, and saving the planet has little to do with it. My elderly (age 77) landlord thinks that a Saturday night shower is all he needs. He is wrong. He reeks.

  14. Renee28 says:

    Sorry that’s gross. You’re just stewing in someone else’s filth.

  15. Huh says:

    Pretty sure I could have done without knowing that

  16. Rachel says:

    Is it gross to bathe with your husband? If not, then how is it any different than reusing his bath water? He would make it equally dirty whether or not you bathed at the same time. Logic, people.

    Also, bath water looks dirtier than it is. It doesn’t become murky because the bather is filthy, it becomes murky because of what we use to bathe (i.e., shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.). If you don’t believe me, try cleaning yourself without any soap. Just use a loofa or whatever to wash yourself. I guarantee you the water will stay “clean”.

    It’s rather comical how weird we are about certain stuff – hair, for instance. If it’s on a person’s head, it’s fine. We touch it and we even kiss it. However, once it detaches itself and falls on the floor, in our shower or into our food, it’s poison.

    • V4Real says:

      Well if I just happen to take a bubblebath with my SO, you bet your bottom dollar that my ass is hopping in the shower right after. Like someone said upthread some men are not always the cleanest and don’t necessarily wipe their bottoms as they should. I’m not trying to get their bacteria/fecal matter on me.

      If your SO is a construction worker or work in the mines somewhere and comes home with obvious dirt plastered on him are you seriously going to use his water after he is done. I doubt you would probably even get in with him.

      I hate having my own dirt on me, do I want to share someone else, husband or not. Like I said just because people take baths together or re-uses bath water doesn’t make it hygenic. The reason for hygeine is to be clean.

      BTW yes people can leave dirt in the water even if they don’t use soap.

    • Dearg says:

      You are absolutely right Rachel. I shower everyday but when I was growing up the bath water was shared when we were small & it was once a week.

      People should remember that Vivienne comes from a generation that probably only had an outdoor toilet and the water for a bath as in my case would be heated up an added to an iron bath. Yes to Americans this may sound Dickensian but most houses in London didn’t get plumbed in baths until the late sixties. A lot of people just had a sink or a basin to use when renting a room.
      My parents had to share a bathroom with the rest of the flats, this was quite common in London.

      All the lovely big houses in Notting Hill a lot of them were tenements, people were forced to move in the the early sixties but they were relocated to council flats with proper plumbing facilities. These same houses are now occupied by hedge fund managers, obviously the plumbing has been upgraded!

      • V4real says:

        Viv also comes from a time when racism was legal, does that make it right today. Early sixties is not now. Don’t forget there are plenty of people in this world Viv’s age and they don’t reuse each other’s bath water. I’m willing to bet you in today’s society this is not the norm.

  17. dokilis says:

    Actually, in Japan it’s very common for the entire family to use the same bath water. (Houseguests, of course, will get the first dip) Many tubs come with heaters so you can keep it warm over a long time. The only difference I suppose is that they wash before they get into the tub. They have kind of a flat “bathing area” with a drain on the floor where they scrub off grime and shampoo their hair. Then they rinse off the soap with the handheld shower heads and THEN climb into the tub. Rather than for cleaning, they use bath water for soaking to relax, I guess.

    • LadySlippers says:

      I’ve never seen a Japanese bath tub that didn’t have a heater!

      But as I mentioned as well, they shower before soaking. And y’all, Japanese bath tubs are divine! I’m surprised mine didn’t kill me though!!! Lol

      • dokilis says:

        My bathtub doesn’t but that could be because I’m in an apartment rather than a house? For people who don’t have heaters, though, they sell nice covers you can pop over the top of them. I don’t use the bath that often, though, because I hate how short and deep they are – feels like being crammed into a little sardine tin! I’ll often see adverts of happy parents bathing with their kids and I can’t figure out how in the world so many people fit into the average tiny tub! I’m only 160cm and my knees have to go up to my chin!

      • LadySlippers says:

        It’s probably a house vs an apartment thing. Almost all my military friends lived in a house with only one living in an apartment.

        My tub was also very deep but it was big enough for more than one person. And the owners had built on and installed a HUGE tub but that whole section of the house scared me so I never used it.

        The Japanese are so tiny (I’m 5’10″) it wouldn’t surprise me that they had parents and kids in the tub.

        Do you live there now? Where? And boy oh boy do we all miss Japan.

      • dokilis says:

        Yeah, I haven’t peeked at too many friends’ bathtubs here so it could be a house thing. I’ve yet to see one I could actually stretch my legs out in, though – only in Taiwan and Korea. Maybe they get bigger near military bases, too.

        I’m in Hiroshima now. It’s nice and quiet. Tokyo was way too busy and crazy for me.

  18. JWQ says:

    What’ s with this new trend of being “stinky and proud” that celebrities are feeding us lately? It’ s maybe the fourth time this month I have heard stuff about actors/socialities/waste-of-space/whatever describing how not washing is awesome for whatever their wacky reason is! Do they have an exclusive club where they can share new, exciting ways to gross people out by telling them what they do or not with their body functions? Is there a stink-o-metre at the front door that says “You must be this gross to enter!”? More importantly, do they sell badges with “I stink, ask me how!” written on them?

    When exactly did it become cool to be dirty and smug about it?

  19. Hiddles forever says:

    Yuck, yuck, yuck!

    We never re-used bath water. We don’t use the bathtub at all, to be honest. We just have showers.

  20. LAK says:


    Right on and all that jazz, BUT! Cleanliness is next to godliness!!!

  21. Kelly says:

    Over-share overload!!! T.M.I.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    People used to share bath water because they had no other option, not because they wanted to do it. We’ve evolved from the middle ages for a reason, if we reverted back to the “old ways” we’d all be dead by 40, or sooner if you were giving birth young.

  22. Elena says:

    Are you lot still showering? That’s so behind the times. Wait for rain to fall instead, and enjoy regular refreshing during winter. You know, by rolling in the snow if it’s not too dirty or absent.

  23. Eleonor says:

    Wash your hair everyday??? O goodLord I couldn’t too much job. Twice a week it’s ok for me.
    But I don’t workout everyday.

  24. Elaine C says:

    She’s all round creepy….

  25. lucy2 says:

    I will say, I like that she says she has the money to make choices, and that is her choice. Financial circumstances can have a big effect on what people eat, what’s available to them, etc.

    I don’t know that I’d go as far as reusing someone’s bath water, but I don’t think being conscious of water consumption is a bad thing.

  26. Jay says:

    I was reading an article ( – yes, I know it’s cracked :) ) and I only saw it mentioned up here once. Off topic, but a lot of people seem to be commenting on showering daily. We are washing our skin too much. And while we should bathe regularly, our skin needs time to recover. On topic, personally, I prefer “clean” hot water for myself at least every other day, but I guess cleanliness is kind of relative when you think about microorganisms :)

  27. hmmm says:

    I ADORE the evening outfit she’s wearing in the last pic. And she looks fabulous in it. I love her stuff. I wish I were rich.

  28. eliza says:

    I have always heard of celebrity filth and today has confirmed how dirty and filthy a lot of celebrities are.

  29. spock says:

    I love Vivienne Westwood and have been a fan of hers way back when she was married to her wife-beating husband Malcolm Mclaren. Although I don’t agree with her meat-eating stance, I respect her opinion on meat eating. And I think she is truly a creative genius.

  30. kitty-bye says:

    She could roll in poo and I would think she was amazing!

  31. paranormalgirl says:

    I married into a home on a private cay in the Bahamas (family owned) that is nearly completely off the grid. No bathtubs – showers and sinks with a gray water filter system to water the gardens and plants, incinerator toilets, solar panels on all the cottages as well as free standing solar panels, a windmill, and a rainwater cistern reverse osmosis system. I love being there.

  32. serena says:

    You don’t need to wash your hair everyday (unless they are naturally super oily) or you’ll damage them. It’s best to do it every 2-3 days.. but once in a month??? WTF! Gross!