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“Hell, is truth seen too late” Thomas Hobbes

Global citizens have local responsibilities

Today, we are truly a global family. What happens in one part of the world may affect us all. This, of course, is not only true of the negative things that happen, but is equally valid for the positive developments. The consumption of the cotton product is connected to a chain of impacts on the water resources in the countries where cotton is grown and processed. water footprint’ of worldwide cotton consumption, identifying both the place and the character of the impacts. There are  between three types of impact:

Water footprint

  • blue water footprint measures water consumed from ground and surface water sources such lakes, rivers and reservoirs
  • green water footprint measures the soil such as rainwate
  • grey water footprint is the water necessary to dilute pollutants (fertilizers nitrogen),  so the quality remains at tolerable standard

Cotton is a water demanding crop

Water pollution during  growth or processing. The latter impact quantified in terms of the dilution volume necessary to assimilate the pollution. For the period 1997-2001 the study shows that the worldwide consumption of cotton products requires:

  • 256 G3  of water per year, out of which about;
  •  42% is blue water
  • 39% green water and
  • 19% dilution water.

Impacts are typically cross-border. About 84% of the water footprint of cotton consumption in the  region located outside Europe, with major impacts particularly in India and Uzbekistan. Given the general lack of proper water pricing mechanisms or other ways of transmitting production-information, cotton consumers have little incentive to take responsibility for the impacts on remote water systems. Even this is not a new study think of all the years this have been going on

See also the new eco fashion dictionary a-z on water footprint, water pollution





Kenneth Lyngaas
I always try to be positive & have great energy to share. I try hard not to be affected by negative energy from others. I think that life is to short and that I do not have time to be grumpy, its only me that suffers from it and people around me. I believe that the whole universe is inter-connected, always in change and not everlasting. All people needs to develop positive karma, this will help us in the future. We all need to take care of this planet as we are only borrowing for a short time. So let us pass it on in a better condition than when we borrowed it. Remember next time we come around we might be able to borrow it again. I belive strongly that in a time like this we need strong visionary people that view the world as one. Enjoy
Kenneth Lyngaas
Kenneth Lyngaas
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