Ways To Reduce Your Water Footprint



This is really important because our environment is very important.  It’s the air we breathe.  It’s the air our children breathe.  It’s the food we eat.  It’s the food our children eat.  It’s our families health.  It’s all of our health.

It’s important for all of us to do a better job.  We are becoming increasingly allergic, asthmatic and generally sick to the world that was made for us to live in.

Change the World Wednesday is about reducing, reusing and making our world a better place.  Last week, the topic of discussion was –  How we reduce our water footprint.

Reducing your water footprint is more than taking less time brushing your teeth or taking a shower.  Not to say that that those things do not help.  It’s just not the major contributor to water use.  Much of the water we use is actually in the foods we eat.  Here are some examples.

  1. An 8 oz cheeseburger takes over 1,000 gallons of water to produce (feeding the cows, to killing them to transporting them, to processing the meat, etc.
  2. 4 oz piece of chicken takes about 100 gallons of water to produce.
  3. a Chocolate bar.  Whew!  A whopping 450 gallons of water to produce.
  4.  A big piece of cheese – 450 gallons of water.

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You can see my point.

There is a nifty iphone app that you can use.  It’s the virtual water project.  So, lets take my lunch today and see how much water it took to produce.

  1. Pulled Pork – 372 gallons
  2. Hamburger bun – 171 gallons
  3. Pickle – Not sure
  4. Onions – No clue
  5. bag of potato chips – 40 gallons of water
  6. Tap water

It doesn’t seem too bad if you don’t think about the gas I used to go to the grocery store, and the bags I put the groceries in.  I could have done a lot better.

Here are some ways that you can reduce your water footprint

  1. Use less paper.  It takes about 3 gallons of water to produce one 8.5X11 sheet of paper
  2. Drive less – it takes about 63 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of gasoline
  3. Garden – be able to sustain some of your own foods – without the excess packaging and transportation costs.
  4. Food canning – This is also good for preperadness
  5. Opt for fish, chicken or pork instead of beef
  6. Drink tap water instead of bottled.  It takes a lot of energy to produce those individual bottles, and the bottled water has less nutrients and more toxins (due to the plastic).

These are just a few ideas.  Can you think of any other easy ways to reduce our water footprint?  I would love to hear them.

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  1. That app is very cool and I love that you used it to calculate out a lunch … it’s surprising the amount of water it actually takes to put together a lunch. The whole exercise has certainly made me take a look at my food choices. I’m vegan but even still, there’s room for improvement. Thank you so much for participating and writing this post. I didn’t see it in time to include it in today’s recap but I’ll be adding to next week’s post. 🙂 Have a great day!
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  2. showers instead of baths! we compost many many things and put the compost back in the garden. I too believe we are called to be good stewards of the earth.
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    • Oh gosh, I hate baths. When you take a bath, you are sitting in your own filth. I hate it. Haha!

      That’s one reason I hate swimming pools. But instead of sitting in your own filth, you are sitting in your own, and everybody’s filth.

      Composting is definitely great! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  3. This is really interesting! I never really think about how much water is involved to make things. Great way to get people thinking.
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    • I know, me neither. It’s good to think about new and different things. You know, the water really adds up quickly – especially when you eat beef (like I do).


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