1,200 litres of water to make a loaf of bread!?

Did you know that you use 150 litres of water every day? Most of it is for washing and toilet flushing but it also includes drinking, cooking, car washing and watering the garden. If you had to fetch this water from a well, you would have to fill and carry 16 buckets of water every day! If you brought it in 2 litre bottles from the supermarket, you would have 75 bottles in your trolley.

If saving water is one of your priorities, visual statistics like these are brilliant at getting people at your museum interested in your green plans.  Other catchy statistics can be found on the websites below and will help you to explain how your changes will reduce water usage.

You can use emails, posters, leaflets etc to promote water saving opportunities at work and home. Saving water can lower your carbon footprint and if you’re on a meter will also save you money. The following websites may be useful:

Sara Wilkes, Assistant Climate Change Officer for Staffordshire County Council advises, “Another thing to consider is embedded water – how much water is needed to produce products and food (production, transport, packaging etc.)…  for example, on average it takes 1,200 litres to produce just one loaf of bread!”

If you include embedded water in your daily count, your usage rises to 3,400 litres a day – that’s 1,700 bottles in your trolley! Look at the Love food Hate Waste and Waterwise sites for more facts on this.


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