02 Jul '11, 1pm

How Many Gallons of Water Does it Take to Make Your Latte? Hint: Way more than it should. #green

How Many Gallons of Water Does it Take to Make Your Latte? Hint: Way more than it should. #green

Think about the latte for a moment. You know, the one you pick up on your way to the office in the morning, or sip on during a brisk evening. How much water could it possibly take to create that little cup of joe? It's just a little coffee, after all. Well, and some water. And milk, and sugar. That sugar, doesn't that have to be grown as cane first? Hm. And then there's that plastic lid, which has to be created and distributed over hundreds of miles. And doesn't plastic require a pretty vast amount of water and oil to produce ? Come to think of it, there's the sleeve and the cup itself too . . . It keeps adding up, doesn't it? It does?it keeps adding up until it reaches a grand total of nearly 53 gallons. 53 gallons. For every single little latte that gets drank in a to-go cup. For every single latte-sipping person in the world. See where I'm going with this? There's no wa...

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