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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