For the third year, IndyBar’s Go Green committee is hosting the Green Legal Initiative to encourage law firms to commit to greener practices. We will be publishing tips and tricks throughout the next couple months that can help accomplish this goal. Last time, we talked about paper usage during lunch and at the sink, and this time we’re focusing on the sink itself – more specifically, water usage at the office.
A coffee break is a staple for most employees, but did you know that each cup of coffee takes 55 gallons of water to make? Most of that goes toward growing the coffee beans, but with numbers like that, it’s easy to see how the average employee uses around 2,000 gallons of water each day. That’s over 1,100 gallons more each day than individuals in other countries use. (Source)
Start saving at the sink and go green with some of these tips:
- 10 gallons of your water usage is lost to leaks each day. Have leaky faucets and toilets repaired to reduce your footprint without even noticing. Also, be sure to always turn a sink completely off after using it to avoid unnecessary drips.
- It takes more water to produce meat and dairy products. Eat fewer meat and dairy products, and when you do decide to partake, choose grass-fed instead of grain-fed. It takes a lot more water to grow corn and other crops to produce grain-fed. Going completely meat- and dairy-free would save 600 gallons of water per individual each day.
- It takes 13 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of gasoline, so find neighbors, colleagues or friends and form a carpool. The IndyGo bus is another great option to save on gas, or better yet, walk or bike to and from work if you’re able.
Want to measure your water footprint? Calculate it here with this tool from National Geographic.
Keep checking back for more Green Legal News tips and tricks, and check out the Go Green homepage here. To commit your firm to greener practices and join our Green Legal Firms list, just review the documents below and submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is September 13.