To celebrate the day, we thought we would share a few fun Valentine's facts:
- An estimated 145 million units of cards (not including classroom Valentine's) will be sold today.
- About 233 million roses were grown for today.
- 58 million pounds of chocolate are expected to be sold today.
That's a lot of cards, roses, and chocolate! But what does that mean for groundwater?
- 1 sheet of paper has a water footprint of 2.6 gallons. With 145 million units of cards estimated to be sold that's 377 million gallons of water.
- 1 rose flower has a water footprint of 1.8-3.4 gallons. That's around 419 to 792 million gallons of water to produce 233 million roses.
- 1 pound of chocolate has a virtual water footprint of 2,876 gallons. With 58 million pounds of chocolate candy expected to be sold that's more than 166 billion gallons of water!
That's a lot of water to produce our favorite love-day gifts! Maybe you are wondering how you can choose groundwater-friendly options this Valentine's Day. Here are some ideas we came up with, let us know if you have more!
- Send an E-Card in place of a paper version.
- If E-Cards just aren't your thing, give a card made from recycled materials.
- Give native flowers. Flowers native to your region take less water to grow and are often more affordable as they don't require importation.
- Buy local, non-processed food items to help reduce your water footprint. Think local candy stores, fruit producers, etc.