Australian household have one of the highest water consumption rates calculated for water  footprints ; however , many  Australians who attempt to live sustainably may not understand  their water consumption. Should consumer package labelling include water footprint  information  ?


Worldwide as the population grows , so does our use of  fresh water . Australian as high  income nation demonstrated the 12th  largest water consumption rate in the World(“Water footprint – How people use fresh water”, 2016) . Water footprint link two components , direct water use( e.g.,tap water) and indirect “virtual” water . In general a water footprint is a measure of fresh water used in a production of goods and services  however, many Australian may not understand their water footprint use (“Water footprint – How people use fresh water”, 2016)  . The method should be developed to calculate and indicate “virtual” water consumption to change consumer  awareness and  behavior  (Manson & Epps, 2014) .    There should be a labeling system presenting water  footprint on consumer goods to increase awareness and to make informed decisions to met criteria an individual sustainability .This essay will use an available sources to argue water footprint future benefits



1.The ways to reduce water footprint by consumers

I choose this article to demonstrated ways of reducing water footprint usage by consumers and explain the importance .

Water footprint – How people use fresh water. (2016). Wwf.org.au. Retrieved 3 April 2016, from http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/people_and_the_environment/human_footprint/water_footprint/

2.Future water footprint labeling performance issues

This article looked at common problems with new labeling system , general issues, and recommendation .

Manson, L., & Epps, T. (2014). Water Footprint Labelling and WTO Rules. Rev Euro Comp & Int Env Law, 23(3), 329-341. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/reel.12090

3.Simple water footprint labels issue on foods item

This article argues the standard  issue of water footprint labels on food goods .

Should Food Labelling Show Water Footprint?. (2016). TreeHugger. Retrieved 3 April 2016, from http://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/should-food-labelling-show-water-footprint.html




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