Heard of the virtual water trade? That’s how water-intensive products — like flowers, for example — grown in third world countries with low environmental standards make their way to richer countries with higher environmental standards.
Better-off countries are less willing to deplete their own water resources to create these products themselves — so they buy flowers at cut rate from less fortunate countries that are willing to trade short term monetary gains for long-term environmental depletion. Of course, this shortsighted practice can’t last; there will come the inevitable end to the cheap export of water-intensive products, as water resources runs out.
Not only will you be able to learn all about the global water crisis to talk about at eco-cocktail parties, you’ll also get a gorgeous necklace to wear while spouting off.
The set of two items cots $104 at Embodies
, which, oddly, is more than the cost of the items separately ($79
= $95.47). However, if you fork over the extra $8+ to get it at Embodies, all proceeds from sales of the gift set will be donated to the Blue Planet Project
, a global initiative for water justice founded by Barlow herself.
Image via Embodies