1,616 pounds of food waste.
Looks good, no? Having hand-picked through it I can tell you it was a mix of fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, coffee grounds, pasta, french fries and beans. I can also tell you it does not smell all that zesty after sitting in the summer heat for a few days. But what can I say? Event planning: we do it for the glamour, am I right?
For fun, let's assume my one day of food waste was a single food item.
How much water did it take to grow the food that was composted,
assuming it was 1,616 pounds of:
Tomatoes: 146,601 litres of water, or enough to grow 2,932 tomatoes.
Lettuce: 175,921 litres of water, or enough to grow 2,154 heads of leaf lettuce.
Apples: 610,838 litres of water, or enough to grow 4,886 apples.
Bananas: 586,404 litres of water, or enough to grow 3,665 bananas.
Rice: 1,224,119 litres of water, or enough to grow 403 bags of rice.
Bread: 1,339,200 litres of water, or enough to grow wheat for 2,443 baguettes.
Coffee grounds: 13,853,800 litres of water,
or enough to grow beans that would brew
104,715 cups of coffee.
“More than one-fourth of all the water we use worldwide is taken to grow over
one billion tons of food that nobody eats.
That water, together with the billions of dollars spent to grow, ship, package and
purchase the food, is sent down the drain.”
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
It's World Water Week. Want to save water at events? Stop wasting food!
For easy tips that also save money check out this post from the archives.
Water footprints estimated using Waterfootprint Network Product Gallery.
Thanks to Global Green Integrators for measurement support!