Water use in the upstream supply chain of EU-27 household consumption domains, million m³ (blue) water, 2020

Figure Created 02 Feb 2022 Published 10 Feb 2022 Last modified 05 Mar 2024
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To produce and handle all clothing, footwear and household textiles purchased by EU-27 households in 2020, an estimated 4024 million m³ of blue water was used (9m³ per person), making this consumption domain the third highest impact category after food and recreation. Only 12% of blue water consumption takes place within Europe.

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Coefficient data based on Exiobase v.3.8.1 data combined with Eurostat consumption statistics 2020 data. This includes all activities in industry and service sectors in the production and supply chain of the textile products until the purchase by households. It excludes the use of the textile products and the treatment at end of life.


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Filed under: textiles, water use, consumption
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