By Journalist Stephen Leahy, Winner of the 2012 United Nations Global Prize for Climate Change and Environment Coverage
“…a brilliant and shocking exposé on precisely how much water we use…” – Publishers Weekly
Do you know you’re wearing water? It takes more than 7,600 liters (2,000 gallons) of water to make a single pair of jeans and another 2,460 liters (650 gallons) to make a T-shirt. And you’re eating water too. That morning cup of coffee required 140 liters (37 gallons) of water before it found its way to your table—water that was used to grow, process and ship the coffee beans. If you include toast, two eggs and some milk in your coffee, the water footprint of your breakfast totals about 700 liters (185 gallons).
Furniture, houses, cars, roads, buildings— practically everything we make uses water in the manufacturing process. When we spend money on food, clothes, cellphones or even electricity, we are buying water. A lot of water. Generating electricity from coal, oil, gas, and nuclear or hydro power involves the world’s second biggest use of water after food production.
“…exceptionally lucid narration with arresting, full-page info graphics” — Booklist, starred review
Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products
Published Nov 2014 Firefly Books 160 Pages, 125 Unique Infographics, $19.95 Paperback (Also avail in hardcover)
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