Whether you are a producer or just a simple consumer, you should be concerned about your water footprint. Why is that? Water is a finite resource on our Planet, it is renewable but not as easily refreshed. While the carbon footprint assessment for companies became mandatory in some countries, the water footprint is still a fresh subject matter for the nature defenders.
The Water Footprint Network does a very good job in providing all those concerned with resources, documents, guides and advice on calculating their impact on water supplies and in improving the way people treat water.
Water footprint is not just the amount of water that goes into a product or that you drink or run at the tap everyday. For example, the water footprint of the cotton T-shirt you are wearing includes water used to irrigate the cotton fields, the rain water that evaporates on those fields and also the water used to dilute pollutants in the manufacturing process of textiles. The Water Footprint Network has made completely available a calculator with a free step by step guide to understand how our consumption habits or the manufacturing processes consume a lot more water than we ever thought.
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Individuals have their own water footprint that they can asses with an app available here: http://virtualwater.eu/
Did you know that the water footprint of a simple egg is 120 gallons (144 liters)? Would you contribute to reduce impact on water resources?
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