Water use Europe is overconsuming the world’s water through the food and products we buy

27 August 2014

Rick Buchholz and his family, working with Friends of the Earth Malta, are on a mission to clean Malta's beaches and raise awareness of the wanton pollution that threatens these otherwise pristine environments and the marine life there. A big change from their native Arizona, Rick and his family have loved being surrounded by the Mediterranean since their arrival on Malta a year ago, but were shocked to see how much litter was collecting in the bays and on the beaches.

20 November 2013

Les Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth France ended the suspense and announced the winners of the 2013 Pinocchio Awards at a ceremony in Paris last night.

More than 41000 people took part online – more than twice as many as previous years – and voted Veolia, Areva and Auchan the big winners of this year's prizes. [1].


Everything we consume requires water at almost every stage in its production. Europeans are using much more water indirectly through the consumption of products, often imported from outside Europe, than directly in their households.


Europe's overconsumption of resources contributes to increasing water scarcity in many regions of the world. Friends of the Earth Europe calls on Europe to measure all the water it consumes directly and indirectly, in order to reduce its unsustainable and unfair levels of water use.

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