How Many Gallons of Water Does it Take to Make a Pair of Jeans?

How Many Gallons of Water Does it Take to Make a Pair of Jeans?

There is a scarcity of water worldwide and unfortunately, many people are not convinced!
People would be surprised to learn how much water it actually takes to manufacture a pair of jeans. It takes approximately 1,800 gallons of water. The reason is cotton. Jeans are made out of cotton. It’s a wonderful fabric, but it requires a lot of water to grow cotton.

Jeans are a staple in most of our wardrobes. Most people own several pairs. It is probably safe to say that most people are also unaware of the water footprint each jean leaves on our planet.

We need water and it is not limitless. It is shocking to hear the the average American family requires a minimum of 2,000 gallons of water a day (about a hours watering your lawn). What is even more surprising is that most people think showers, dishes, and laundry use most of it. No one stops to think about the water that is needed to make products we use on a daily basis.

It is our responsibility as caretakers of our planet to leave a healthy footprint for our next generations. We need to make wise choices when using water and this idea needs to be applied to our consumerism.

So, next time you go shopping and are considering yet another pair of jeans, ask yourself, “do I really need these?” Pair down on the jeans.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/how-many-gallons-of-water-does-it-take-to-make.html

 

Amanda Martin

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