Will You Get 2800 Gallons of Water for Valentine’s Day?

Will You Get 2800 Gallons of Water for Valentine’s Day?

Vday-2012 Happy Valentine’s Day from FreshWaterSystems.com !

The card, flower, and chocolate industries all have something else in common besides gifts given on Valentine’s Day: their manufacturing processes are all dependent on quality, treated water. Suppose you were asked to rank these three gift ideas according to the amount of water that was used during the production process: a dozen roses, a 1-lb heart-shaped box of chocolates, or a Valentine’s Day card.

What would your answer be? How many gallons of water do you think it takes to make each gift?

Let’s see how well you did –



  • The typical Valentine’ Day card is made from various types of card stock, perhaps wood pulp or maybe even part “rag” (textile waste) for a more sturdy and fairly expensive paper. The manufacturing process for that piece of card stock paper would only require about 3 gallons of water, the smallest water footprint of the three.
  • A staple for Valentine’s Day is a dozen red roses – Not taking into account the water used to fill any vases, you might have thought that flowers would have the largest water foot print of the three, but this is not the case. One study found that it takes about 18 gallons of water to produce 12 red roses.
  • Chocolate is the whopper – a popular choice for many years, but to produce that 1-lb heart-shaped box of chocolates requires a staggering 2800 gallons of water !

Looking for some other, less traditional gifts for your sweetie? Why not try these water-related gifts? Choose from 11 different colored insulated stainless steel water bottles. And doesn’t everyone love a long, hot shower during cooler months? Enjoy it more by using a shower head filter or bath filter that reduces chlorine that causes dry skin and brittle hair. And our last gift ideas includes simple and economical ways you can enjoy your filtered water: either right from your tap, which includes faucet filters, or filtered water pitchers.

If this post has inspired your curiosity a bit, then we would like to encourage you to follow us on Twitter @FWaterSys. As a special follow up to the topic of water consumption, for the next 10 days under the hashtag #waterfootprint , we will reveal the amount of water consumed in 10 other common items found in the manufacturing process.

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Call of Duty MW3 Group Holds Event to Help Others Get Clean Drinking Water

Mw3-water-postThere have been many ways to describe video game players, and most of them are not flattering. That is why, when a story comes along like this it’s worth making mention of in order to hopefully dispel some of these negative stereotypes. So how can shooting someone in Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) help others, you may ask? Two of the better know MW3 players, and You-tubers, got together to play a team match to benefit the charity Thirst Relief International.

The event was an 18 hour live stream on YouTube, and had over fourteen thousand people watching and cheering on their favorite YouTube stars and MW3 pros. After the event was over, event and community founder Eric “the Aviator” revealed that over $18,000 had been raised for Thirst Relief International. According to the charity’s website (http://thirstrelief.org/) each $5 donated will provide 25 years’ worth of clean drinking water for one person. So this event is slated to help 3,600 people find clean drinking water.

You do not have to be a video gamer to get behind this cause. If you need a little more convincing, here are a few facts about what could be a looming global water crisis from blueplanetnetwork.org

  • It is estimated that 1.1 billion people worldwide have no access to safe drinking water, roughly about 1 out of every six people on the planet.
  • In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.
  • 80 percent of diseases in the developing world are caused by contaminated water.
  • There are 2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, who die every year from diseases associated with the lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
  • If people did nothing other than provide access to clean water, without any other medical intervention, we could save 2 million lives a year.

Please be sure to check out Thirst Relief International to learn more about their cause and their projects, and to find out how you can act now to help.

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