Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 2.01.21 PM“a brilliant and shocking exposé”   — Publishers Weekly


Environmental journalist Leahy delivers a brilliant and shocking exposé on precisely how much water we use, not just for personal hygiene but to create the products we wear and consume.

Who knew, for example, that it takes 7,600 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans, 56.6 gallons to produce 1kg of tomatoes and 449 gallons to make a single chocolate bar? Leahy’s text is illustrated with graphics depicting the quantity of water required to produce each item discussed, from sugar beets to leather shoes to iPhones to meat consumption. A meat-based diet, he says, consumes the equivalent of 15 large bathtubs of water daily. A vegetarian diet by contrast consumes just eight.

Filled with color pictures, statistics writ large and easily comprehensible comparisons, Leahy warns that the future, in terms of our water usage, looks dire. “The success and prosperity of many parts of the world are directly linked to overdrawing of their water resources,” he writes. “This can’t continue.”

He concludes with water-saving tips in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry and our general lifestyle, and iterates not to “worry if the savings are minimal. Every drop counts.”

Publishers Weekly Nov 29 2014 (pay-walled)

Your Water Footprint:  The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products

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