Invisible Water Waste

 

Food waste is often connected to water waste. That’s because producing, processing, and transporting our food requires a lot of water. Animals and crops need water to survive, so their water footprint is an important consideration when using the products they yield. Here are a few hypothetical examples to consider:

 

  • Tossing a quart of milk = taking 6 baths

 

  • One rotting clementine = flushing the toilet 3 times

 

  • Wasting half a glass of orange juice = flushing the toilet 12 times

 

  • Only ate half of that hamburger? Throwing away the other half equals a 60-minute shower. Left a bite of steak behind? That equates to running the dishwasher 22 times.

 

Tip adapted from Cape Chameleon[i]

[i]  https://capechameleon.co.za/the-water-footprint-of-what-we-eat/

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