03/22/2012 06:51 EDT | Updated 05/22/2012 05:12 EDT

10 Surprising Ways Water Is Used


Environmentally conscious Canadians have long been aware of how humans can affect the world's supply of water, like the way it swirls down household drains in copious amounts.

But water is also used in everyday products at similarly astounding rates.

With that in mind, the UN is asking people around the world to consume less water-intensive products and reduce their food waste – which in turn reduces the water used to produce all that we eat.

On UN World Water Day, March 22, here's a look at some products that contain more water than you might think.

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