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]


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