Preventing water crises
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Preventing water crises

How much water do we really use every day?

We might believe that humanity’s daily use of water mostly comes from bathing, cooking and drinking. But the operation of our electric equipment, meat production and the production of plastic boxes also consume a great deal of water, much of which is needlessly wasted.

In order to prevent a global water crisis, it is very important to be mindful of our hidden water footprint – this is the message of the following excellent animation.

The Global Water Crisis – How Much Water Do We Really Use Everyday? Video: YouTube/Take Part

The majority would pay more for environment-friendly products

Although consumers consider price and quality to be the paramount criteria, more than half of them would be willing to pay more for recyclable and sustainable products, a new international survey by Accenture has found.

Tracking blackwater and greywater

The freshwater reserves of Earth are at an increased risk from large-scale environmental pollution and wasteful water use: the quantity of available drinking water is gradually dropping, while its quality deteriorates. And yet, instead of saving it, we use drinking water to flush our toilets, although greywater would be quite suitable for that purpose.

France bans institutionalised wastefulness

On June 4, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the destruction of unsold consumer products is to be prohibited, and it will become compulsory to reuse or recycle such goods.

How much water did your jeans cost?

The fashion industry has a massive ecological footprint: the raw materials, the production, the transportation and the burning of unsold clothes all result in significant carbon emissions and wasted water. There is one item of clothing that is above all the rest in terms of environmental pollution: the ever-popular jeans.

If we want change, we must change ourselves

Food overproduction is an increasingly severe problem worldwide, and it goes hand in hand with industrial level wasting of water. In addition to the health considerations associated with what’s on our plates, conscious consumer decisions can also help to combat climate change to some extent.

Young people turn to green investments

Environmental and social sustainability is an important criterion in the investment habits of young Hungarians: they are increasingly investing in consciously ethical companies – this was one of the conclusions of a conference on innovative financing schemes of the Hungarian Economic Association.

Making fashion greener

The fashion industry is in ‘prestigious’ second place on the list of high-pollution industries (with significant carbon emissions, water wastage and chemical pollution). As conscious consumers, we don’t only need to watch what we eat, but also what clothes we have in our wardrobes.

Eco-anxiety – a fairly recent psychological disorder

We have entered a new era in which climate change has become a palpable, daily reality: not a single day passes without encountering the frightening consequences of global warming either directly, while we are out and about, or indirectly, through the news. This unprecedented situation is eliciting new reactions from 21st century humans.

Water awareness in focus

Clean, potable drinking water is a question of life and death. That is why the Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary has launched an exemplary, one-billion forint fund to support water awareness and promote environmentally conscious consumption of water; an initiative that may inspire others.

Smurfs protect the seas

In its campaign launched to protect the oceans and seas, the European Union is using well-known figures such as the Smurfs. They say that the little guys are a good choice because they live in nature, they are blue, and their message reaches far and wide.