The Virtual Water Cost of Everyday Items

There’s a lot more virtual water in everyday items than you might think. Here are a few common items and their average virtual water footprint.

Beef

Beef

15,500 litres per kg

Pork

Pork

4,800 litres per kg

Cheese

Cheese

5,000 litres per kg

Milk

Milk

1,000 litres per litre of milk

wine

Wine

120 litres per glass

beer

Beer

75 litres per glass

egg

Egg

200 litres per egg

rice

Rice

3,400 litres per kg

T Shirt

T-Shirt

2,700 litres per T-shirt

Paper

10 litres per A4 sheet

Illustrations by Angela Morelli. Source: Virtual Water by Tony Allan, page 346–347.

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