The Human Footprint

 The statistics from the Human Footprint programme shown on Channel 4 on the 26th April 2007. There is also a nice human footprint flash calculator to have a play with¦

Remember these are averages, per person over a lifetime of 78.5 years. Averages only tell us about typical behaviour. The figures will vary greatly between individuals.

All interesting information for people as consumers….

The statistics.

Food and drink

Milk15,951 pints

To produce this amount of milk for the population, 2.1 million cows are needed, eating 100 kilograms of grass a day.

Meat- 89% will eat meat. 4 head of cattle, 21 sheep, 15 pigs, 1200 chickens and 13,345 eggs.


Bread4283 loaves

Fruit and Vegetables – 5272 apples, 10,866 carrots

95% of our food is imported.

Food packaging – 8.5 tons

Chocolate – 8.2kg a year, 10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime.

Bake Beans – 845 tins.

Alcohol- 10351 pints, 1,694 bottles of wine, 0.7% of the world@s population is drunk now!

Tea- 74,842 cups in a lifetime.

Human Waste, Waste and Sewage.

Wind1-1.5 litres of gas a day, 12-25 times a day, 35,815 litres!

Toilet rolls4239 to cope with 2,865kg of faeces.

Sewage150 litres per day per person, but also disposed of across the country in a day are 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million sanitary towels, 700,000 panty liners and 270,000 condoms.


2.5 billion disposed of each year, largest contributor to landfill, take 500 years to decompose, at age five we will have produced more carbon dioxide than that of a person in Tanzania over their lifetime.

40 tons of waste sent to landfill sites over a lifetime.

Relationships with others.

Language– average vocabulary is 25,000 words, only 4% of the English Oxford Dictionary.

We speak on average 4,300 words a day, more for women, less for men. 123,205,740 words in a lifetime.

People will know 1,700 people over a lifetime.

We will have 300 people in our social group at anytime.

Partners10 different partners, 4,239 times having s*x, about 2 times a week!

Love – we will fall in love 3 times.

Marriage – 11.5 years, 70% will attempt a marriage once.

Personal Hygiene

7163 baths in a lifetime, 1 million litres of water.

656 bars of soap, 198 bottles of shampoo, 272 deodorants, 276 tubes of toothpastes, 78 toothbrushes, 411 skin care product , 37 perfumes, 35 tubes of styling gel, 25 bottles of nail polish, 21 sticks of lipstick, 11,00 tampons/sanitary towels, 5.6 bottles of fake tan!

Shower gel components take 800 years to disappear from the water system.

We wash our hair 11.500 times in a lifetime.

Wealth and Spending.

£1,537,380 spent in a lifetime.

Housing, food and clothing £552,772, tax £286,311, leisure and entertainment £236,312.

Consumer goods

3.5 washing machines, 3.4 fridges, 3.2 microwaves, 4.8 televisions, 9.8 DVD players, 15 computers.

240kg of fossil fuels, 22kg of chemicals, 1.5 tons of water needed to produce a home computer, externality (doesn’t reflect their true cost, in relation to the environment.)

£920 spent per person on the average Christmas.

628 Christmas gifts received over a lifetime.

8 cars per person.


Clothing market is worth £23 billion in the U.K., £385 per year spent on clothes, £3,222 pounds spent on clothes over a lifetime.

500 litres of water and 40g of pesticides needed to produce a t-shirt.

570kg of chemicals added to the water system through washing clothes.


197 miles walked per year, 15,464 miles in a lifetime.

We will drive 452,662 miles in a lifetime. 135,950 litres of petrol will be need.

59 foreign holidays.

737 tons of carbon released into the atmosphere.

Information and Culture.

Television, 148 minutes a day, 900 hours a year, 2944 days in a lifetime.

533 books read in a lifetime.

3% can’t read in the U.K., 40% choose not to read, more households own two cars than two novels!

Newspapers read 2455. 1.5 tons of paper

24 trees will be used to make the books and newspapers you need.


6 acts of worship a year, 390 over a lifetime.


You will vote in fifty elections.


Cigarettes – 77,000 over a lifetime. 1/3 of all cancers are from smoking.

Vomit2 times a year, five buckets over a lifetime.

314 visits to the doctor.

30,000 pills in a lifetime.

Tears shed 61.5 litres.

104,390 dreams in a lifetime.


1700 people we know¦

305 die of heart disease, 179 stokes, 111 flu and pneumonia, 99 from lung cancer, 92 from lower respiratory diseases, 63 from dementia, 49 cancers of the colon, and 32 from breast cancer, 10 from suicide, 9 in road accidents, and 1 in a fire.

1 in 3 will know a person who has been murdered.

Not that you should worry about this…. 😉

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  1. Lianne.H
    Posted April 28, 2007 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Apparently i’ve ate 235 chickens and 2615 eggs…but which came first? 🙂

  2. Posted April 29, 2007 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Good question, the egg I would imagine because birds evolved (according to some) from reptiles? ;0

  3. Alan Parkinson
    Posted April 29, 2007 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the list Tony.
    Saves me an hour fast forwarding through the programme…

  4. Posted April 29, 2007 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I’ve sent you a word document, which like a saddo I wrote whilst watching, the benefits of wireless!

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