What is greywater
Greywater is waste water, typically generated from conventional crops that use synthetic fertilizer and pesticides. With sustainable agricultural practices, like improved crop management, we can reduce the contamination of runoff water.
CAlculating water Saved
HowGood’s assessment of each ingredient’s water footprint impact considered the green, blue, and greywater needs for each crop. Total water use was driven by variables including a crop’s location, certifications, and growing practices. Most of the variation in impact came from a reduction in greywater: responsibly-grown crops produce less excess nitrogen from chemical fertilizer runoff into surrounding waterways.
It is not just about the quantity of water used, but also the quality of the water being returned to the Earth.
How We back it up
We partnered with HowGood, an independent research company, with the world’s largest database on food sustainability. They assessed each of our 53 ingredients and compared them to the industry average agricultural impact against five key metrics (reduced carbon emissions, antibiotics avoided, water saved, improved soil health, and supported organic land). For water conservation specifically, they also relied on these additional resources for measurement.
Water Footprint Network Water Resources & Industry World Resources Institute Water Risk Atlas
Your score takes into account water conservation practices implemented by our farmers and ranchers, like planting cover crops, rainwater harvesting, and going organic. Together, we can save thousands of gallons from being wasted.
We’re helping transition producers to organic operations, aiding in water conservation and ensuring our supply grows.
THE BIGGEST IMPACT
These Chipotle ingredients drove the biggest positive impact on water conservation across our ingredient list and appear in order of the largest water savings.
BLACK And Pinto Beans
Room for Improvement
Greywater is the biggest driver of this metric, with synthetic fertilizer being the main source of greywater pollution. Based on our practices that favor organic, cover crops, and even grass-fed to some degree, we can really see an impact on the improved quality of greywater. Continuing to support these practices will help improve this metric even more.
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