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Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

Saving water: what's the next step?

Water footprint

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While we're thinking about saving water, how's your vegetarian eating going? Are you still doing paperless billing? Are you keeping away from bottled water? I'm sure you've been keeping up your good habits from previous G Challenges, and that means that you've actually been saving water all along.

Nearly everything we consume uses water at some stage of its production. If you add that to the water we use directly for drinking and washing and in our homes, that's called our 'water footprint'. It's like our environmental footprint, but focused solely on our water use.

And the good news is that by making smarter choices as we've been doing with our challenges, we're making good choices for water use as well. Here's a few examples:

  • To produce 450 grams of beef you need 5,000 gallons of water - it's not just about what the animals drink, it's all the crops needed to feed them. When we skip the meat and eat the crops ourselves we're being more water-efficient.
  • It takes 30 litres of water to make one litre of bottled water. Carrying our own water bottles saves a lot of water!
  • A single sheet of A4 paper takes 10 litres of water to produce. Our switch to online billing helps reduce the demand for paper, as does putting a 'No Junk Mail' sticker on our mailboxes.

Water is so precious - it's a shame to waste it on plastic bottles or junk mail or excess packaging. So remember that anytime we reduce unnecessary consumption, we're helping preserve our water resources. That's your next step to making sure that we have enough water to drink, to wash, to water our food plants, and to keep our river systems healthy.

And it turns out that all of us G Challengers have been doing it all along! Keep up the good work :)