The eco guide to bottled water

Bottled water is a matter of concern for many reasons. It takes more than 7 liters of water and 162g of oil to make plastic bottle. However if buying a bottled water is needed, try to support local brands that are using recycled plastic or that are investing to protect the environment like Life Water from Pembrokeshire or One Water which donates all its profit to provide clean water in the developing world.

However, the real alternative and eco beverage still remains tap water !

Read more:

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A showerhead that changes color when using too much water

Smart tech saving-the-planet products are increasing. A design firm creates a showerheads with LED lights and sensors that monitor how much water volume has passed through.

From green to purple, orange and red, you will know how much water you are using.

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Discover this eco-conscious product and read more about it:


Tips on reducing your footprint

Dear USI Students,

as we are a big family, we wanted to give you ten tips on how to reduce your footprint.

  1. Join a Sustainable Student Organization or in our case just create a sustainable student organization (for serious considerations: please contact SINC).
  2. Study Sustainability: just attend a sustainable course or if you have any ideas of sustainable projects -> Let us know!!
  3. Conserve Electricity: If you happen to take a break of Facebook or Twitter, just shut down your laptop or if you live in a dorm, make sure to use LED lights.
  4. Reusable water bottles: One of our biggest enemies: PLASTIC. There are so many reasons, why you should not use plastic bottles anymore. There are only benefits at using reusable water bottles. Besides Mother Nature will be grateful for that.
  5. Second Hand Shops: Don´t be shy to enter in a Second Hand Shop, we are sure you will find something interesting. Macklemore has even wrote a song about Second Hand Shops
  6. Textbooks: Please don´t start a bonfire with your Textbooks, you can sell them to other students and earn some money.
  7. Remain Digital: If you really don´t like books, there is an option: Digital Textbooks. Of course there is also a benefit: Reduction of paper.
  8. Ditch the Car: At the main entrance of the University there are rental bikes, but if you happen to live far away, just take the bus or create a carpool.
  9. Buy Locally: We have to support local restaurants, farms etc
  10. Swap Party: Meet up for Swap Parties, just share clothes, DVD´s, books you don´t need.

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How much water do you eat on a daily basis?

Did you know that you are eating daily 3496 liters of water? And by eating I mean literally eating.

There is the visible part of our water consumption: that would be drinking, cooking, washing and the total consumption amounts 137 liters/ day.

And then there is the invisible part:

  1. The water used for production of industrial products that we use for example for cotton, clothes and paper; this part makes 167 liters/ day
  2. The production of food that we eat: amounts 3496 liters/day. It means that 92% of water we use is hidden in our food (=VIRTUAL WATER)

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Beef production

Let´s take the beef production, it takes an average of 3 years before the animal is slaughtered. One cow makes about 200 kg boneless beef. In three years about 3 091 000 liters of water is needed for the cow including the food, drinking water, servicing farm house and slaughtering process.

That means: 1kg beef= 15400 liters of water


But there is an improvement, the environmental footprint of beef is shrinking due to improvements in raising cattle on grass pasture. Many farmers and ranchers are using new technologies and implementing ways to conserve water.


For one nut 1 gallon (3,8 liters) of water is needed, which sounds wasteful.

Brad Gleason, president of West Hill Farm Services, is a almond and pistachios farmer in California. His statement to the water consumption of almonds: „Drive across the expanse of farmland around us and you´ll be hard pressed to find a puddle. That´s not because of the lack of rain. That´s because of the efficiency of irrigation. Out here, every gallon of water is measured from ditch to drip line.“

To compare:

Beef: 1kg= 15400 liters of water

Goat: 1kg= 960 liters of water

Sheep: 1kg=1462 liters of water

Pork: 1 kg= 1152 liters of water

chicken: 1 kg= 936 liters of water

Beer: 1 gallon (3,8 liters) = 2608 liters of water

Coffee: 1 gallon (3,8 liters) = 3331 liters of water

Tea: 1 gallon (3,8 liters) = 485 liters of water

Wheat: 1 kg= 1000 liters of water

Rice: 1 kg= 3400 liters of water

Potato: 1 kg= 900 liters of water

Cotton: 1 T-shirt = 2700 liters of water

Chocolate: 1 kg= 24.000 liters of water

Cheese: 1 kg= 4546 liters of water

Bread: 1 slice= 40 liters of water

Burger: 0,15 burger= 2500 liters of water


Online Ethical Fashion Store

How can I trust the brands? Are the clothes I buy ethically made and match my style?

You may ask yourself where to shop to still be fashion while respecting the environment, animals and human beings. The minimalist vegan blog made a list of ethical fashion stores from which you can buy online.

From ecofriendly fashion to organic clothing and vegan shoes, read the article and discover the 10 online ethical fashion stores that help you live more consciously.
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