March 22, 2011
Access to clean water and basic sanitation is fundamental to human health and sustainable development. Without reliable sources of water, people struggle to survive and grow the food they need to feed their families.
On this World Water Day, let’s remember those who still lack access to these invaluable resources around the world.
The Nature Conservancy have been counting down to World Water Day with the “30 Days Of H2O,” providing a fascinating — and often shocking — new tidbit each day about how much water certain things require, from cars and plastic to cheeseburgers and coffee.
I was shocked to find out how much water certain things require. Here are few examples:
(1) Cup Of Coffee : It takes 37 gallons of water to make a cup of coffee.
(2) Hamburger: It takes 634 gallons of water to make a hamburger.
(3) Glass Of Wine: It takes 31 gallons of water to make a glass of wine
(4) Chocolate: It takes 2,847 gallons of water to make a serving of chocolate.
(5) Bag Of Chips vs. Apple: It takes 49 gallons of H20 to make a bag of chips,
but 18 to grow an apple.
(6) Car : It takes an estimated 39,090 gallons of water to make a car.
(7) Eggs vs. Cereal: It takes 72 gallons of water to grow two eggs — 22 gallons for cereal with milk.
(8) Pair Of Jeans: It takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make a pair of jeans.
(9) Bottled Water: It takes 1.5 gallons to make the average plastic bottle.
(10) Leather : It takes 2,192 gallons of water to make 1 pound of leather.
(11) Beef : The water footprint of a pound of beef is 1,500 gallons.
(12) Plastic : It takes 24 gallons of water to make one pound of plastic.
(13) Cotton T-Shirt : It takes 400 gallons of water to grow the cotton for a cotton t-shirt.