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Know your 'water footprint'

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Don't be fooled into thinking that you're a saint for having showers instead of baths or for turning off the tap while you brush your teeth. There's a lot more to water saving than meets the eye, and waterfootprint is here to set you straight on the matter.

Anything that we consume, be it food, clothing, gadgets or whatever, requires water in varying amounts for its production. So the point is it's good to have an idea of how much water has been used in getting a given product to you. For example, according to the site, the total water footprint of one cup of coffee is 140 litres -- and I'll bet that's quite a bit more agua than you put in the kettle, even if you weren't using an eco-friendly model...

If that sounds alarming, help is at hand with this water footprint calculator you can use to monitor your own personal water usage based on where you live. It doesn't give much in the way of advice on how to improve your score (other than turning vegetarian -- it takes a shocking 16 thousand litres of water to produce one kilogram of beef -- but it does get you thinking about a subject that even the greenest among us often forget.

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