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Open House: Do You Think About Your Water Footprint?

I learned in a recent post in The New York Times' environmental blog, Green Inc., that a Finnish food company is the first to begin reporting how much water was used to make its product on a label of the package. We've seen carbon footprints reported for sometime now, but this is just the beginning of reporting water-use footprints. Consumers are becoming discriminating in new ways about the environmental impact of the things they buy. Of course, water isn't only used for producing food items. Water is used to dye the textiles on your bed and upholstery, along with a slew of other production processes. And, of course, it's used to wash your dishes and your clothing. When you shop, do you think about the water that has gone into producing a certain product? Do you think about the water use that will be required after you've purchased something? Or the sustainability of a certain water source? Do you use low-flow shower heads and toilets? Tell me by chiming in below!

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rezgurl rezgurl 7 years
because I live in a relatively rural area, and have to bring potable water into the house as well as wanting to keep our septic system somewhat healthy, we are very conscious about how much water we use. We have been using a low flow toilet for a few years, using the "if its yellow let it mellow" kind way for a while, in addition to having a low flow, shower head, and taking quasi military style showers.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
o. my. god. all these freaking footprints! thanks mom and dad, and grandma and grandpa, etc, for wasting everything you could and leaving us with the polluted mess. never thought of it till now.
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