The hip do-gooders over at incredibly shrinking GOOD magazine have teamed up with Brooklyn-based graphic design firm Fogelson-Lubliner to create a nifty chart that makes calculating your water footprint around the home based on daily activities — from showering in the morning to washing the dishes at night — a bit less mind-boggling and much more visually appealing. 

As we become more and more aware that we may be using water at an unsustainable pace, the idea of water footprints—the amount of water an individual uses—is becoming more common. Water footprints can be hard to calculate, depending on how far up the chain of production you go, since everything you eat and buy used some water to produce (to feed cows for beef, for example, or to use in the factory that made your cell phone). With our latest Transparency, we give you some examples of how much water is used in some of your daily activities, so that you can begin calculate your footprint and try to reduce your gallons. 


After looking at the chart are you surprised by any of the figures? The coffee vs. tea bit threw me off a bit. My recommendation? Print the sucker out, tack it the fridge, and check out the water footprint calculator at H20 Conserve. Also take a gander at this other watery collaboration between GOOD and Fogelson-Lubliner. 

Via [GOOD]

Thumbnail: Lesleann Smith; Image: Good/Fogelson-Lubliner. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Water on the brain
GOOD magazine collaborates with graphic design studio Fogelson-Lubliner on a fascinating home water footprint reduction chart.