“Food products should carry water footprint information, says report. The hidden amounts of water used in manufacturing food and drink products should be made known to customers, according to lobby groups.”
This article in the Guardian draws attention to the large amount of water used in producing many of our foods and beverages. Although the Guardian article focuses on water used for food items, there are also other social and environmental impacts (energy, greenhouse gases, pollution, and solid waste to name a few) involved in producing, transporting and selling of every consumer good.
As awareness grows about these impacts made by consumer products it seems more and more likely that we will soon see some kind of sustainability labelling or certification on many of the goods we buy. With the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, recently getting into the act ( http://www.newsweek.com/id/207780 ) , there will be greater pressure on suppliers of all kinds to take steps toward sustainability.
What do YOU think?