Practically everything you buy, use and consume has a water footprint because it took water to process and transport it. Being thoughtful about purchases, reusing where you can and recycling can reduce your water footprint.
It may not be visible, but millions of gallons of virtual water go into making the consumer goods Americans buy, use and throw away. Manufacturing everyday materials like paper, plastic, metal and fabric takes water – a lot of it. Knowing how much water it takes to make the raw materials and products we all […]
Many people love to shop and clothing is a favorite target of bargain hunters everywhere. But changing trends, new manufacturing technologies and low prices have led to “fast fashion” and prompted many people to over-consume and that’s had major impacts on the country’s water and energy usage. The Average American Throws Away 70 Pounds of […]
Every five years the USGS evaluates how America uses water. Aside from drinking it, we use water for cooling power plants, for growing crops and for manufacturing consumer goods and transportation fuels. Ensia took a look at the most recent set of data (from 2015) and created a series of visualizations that help us understand […]