Your Water Footprint

Your Water Footprint

The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products

Book - 2014
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The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by about 2,000 gallons of H2O a day. The numbers are shocking. Your Water Footprint reveals the true cost of our lifestyle. A "water footprint" is the amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume, including growing, harvesting, packaging, and shipping. From the foods we eat to the clothes we wear to the books we read and the music we listen to, all of it costs more than what we pay at the check-out. The 125 footprint facts in this book show the true cost of our lifestyle and what it is doing to Earth, including draining it dry. - Publisher.
Text and infographics explain how much water it takes to produce an item or carry out an activity, and offer tips on saving water.
Publisher: Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781770852952
1770852956
Branch Call Number: 333.9116 L471y 2014
Characteristics: 143 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm

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ArapahoeAnna Sep 06, 2016

Leahy visually explores the hidden world of water consumption with pictures and illustrations on nearly every page. Fresh water, required for life, is being depleted at an alarming rate. Virtual water is embedded in nearly everything we produce. Biofuel is renewable but the water is not. To produce 1 liter of biofuel, 11,397 liters of water are used. To produce 1 barrel of oil from oil sands takes 2.5 barrels of water.

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AspenRichter
Apr 19, 2016

This is a topic relevant to my interests. There is good info. But get to the point!!! Most of the narrative so far has been a rambling story about her woes, foibles, attempts and failures, etc. I'm not sure I will finish it.

ChristchurchLib Mar 31, 2015

Whether anyone realizes it or not, sustaining the average American lifestyle demands 2,000 gallons of water each day. How? Well, for starters, the amount of water needed to make a cheeseburger would easily fill a tanker truck. (And lest vegetarians start to feel smug, a single apple is the result of 33 gallons of water.) Distribute the three percent of Earth's total potable water among a global population of more than seven billion individuals and it's easy to see that the numbers just don't add up. Fortunately for readers who don't like math, the book's visual aids, including a wealth of charts and infographics, reveal the hidden costs of everyday items, from food and clothing to cars and computers. For more environmental auditing, check out Mike Berners-Lee's How Bad is a Banana? The Carbon Footprint of Everything. Nature and Science April 2015 newsletter.

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