When you think about your daily water use, what comes to mind?
Perhaps showers 🚿, laundry, or watering the lawn 🌿. However, much of our water footprint is “hidden,” meaning we use it indirectly, like through the food we eat.
80% of water in the U.S. is used for food production. And it’s not just food for humans: 90 million dogs in the U.S. alone play a key role in our food system.
Most dog foods include some type of meat, like poultry or beef. But the production of traditional meat is an incredibly resource-intensive practice.
At Chippin, we care about making sustainable choices for ourselves and our four-legged family members. To celebrate, we’ve decided to share some ways we can help save water every day 🚰❤️
Check out these yummy & sustainable foods, that can help you and your pup to reduce your water footprint (and pawprint, obviously).
*Measurements are based on the gallons of water to produce a pound of each food
Fruits & veggies for days...
TOMATOES: 26 gal./lb.
KALE: 36 gal./lb.
BLUEBERRIES: 37 gal./lb.
SWEET POTATOES: 46 gal./lb.
Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and kale all require less than 50 gallons of water per pound to produce while offering powerful antioxidants and many other health benefits for your pup.
Blueberries are a refreshing and delicious snack for your pup! They require only 37 gallons of water per pound to produce and offer plenty of vitamins and fiber.
Good protein, good energy...
Cricket protein: 1 gal./lb.
It's also a great source of protein for your pup(s), offering more Omega 3s and B12 than salmon while requiring only one gallon of water per pound to produce!
Oh, and dogs naturally love the taste.
Looking for more advice or sustainable snack ideas for you and your pup? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Sources: USDA, UCLA Orkin, Water Footprint Network, Healthline