People-powered movement

Life is really incredible. Everyday I am learning so many things about myself and the world around me. Two days ago, I was on the train heading to Beckton, London, to record a video interview for the show ‘Michela Meets’. I arrived at the location and thought I would check up on the progress of our mission - to reach 1000+ likes before the end of the day - because before I left the office, we were just 4 away from the target. As I arrived at the interview location I logged onto Facebook, via my mobile, and then searched for ’GiveMeTap’. Guess what?!!!!!!!

We did it! The GiveMeTap Facebook movement reached over 1000 people. With the help of my fellow GiveMeTapper’s, friends, and their friends, we were able to reach the target of 1000+ likes on Facebook. I love numbers (see previous post with math calculations); especially big, round and even ones.

I want to say a massive thank you to all those that have helped get us to this point. With your help we can really spread the mission of 'making clean drinking water easily accessible to every human in the world’. GiveMeTap is all about helping people and I am excited to see it is being powered by people who wish to help everyone too :)! Let’s raise our GiveMeTap bottles and toast all the new GiveMeTappers that have joined the movement - We welcome you!!

To see just how amazing the world is, guess what number building the interview was taking place at (see image below)? Amazing, right?

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It must of been destined for this to happen on this day. Thank you all so much :). It’s time for a GiveMeTap Tap dance (screen coming to a cinema near you)!

#WaterWednesday 'Peepoo Puts a Stop To Flying Toilets'

Areas deprived of adequate sanitation, end up resorting to bushes, latrines or the security of their home. The contents are then put into a plastic bag which is disposed in the streets. An appealing thought? We don’t think so. Is there a solution? Yes! Peepoo just came up with a product which is a slim bag with a larger liner tucked inside, both made of biodegradable plastic and designed to fit over a small pot. The smell is eliminated with granulated urea. What’s even better, you can make money from this little bag of contents! You take it to a drop-off point where you receive a refund because the contents are then sold for fertilisers. Is this genius or what?

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The team here at GiveMeTap is quite impressed!

#ThirstyThursday Heavy rainfall in Drought

11 flood warnings have been put in place in the same regions declared in Drought. A little ironic? UK weather can be very unpredictable and baffling at the same time! April 2012 has been one of the wettest April’s in history, yet the water hosepipe ban is still in place. “The wettest drought in history” - might sum this irony up. 

Happy showers everyone!

Water changes everything: Valentina's story

At 67, Valentina is a mother to 8 children and a grandmother to many more. In a village with no clean water source, Water-borne diseases meant that 6 of her children didn’t finish school as they were to ill to go. She explained how malaria was a growing threat to the community due to previous open wells around the village,

Since the GiveMeTap Elephant Pump was built in Valentina’s village, there have been ZERO cases of malaria. Water-borne diseases have been significantly reduced in the community and the quality of life for people in the community has sky-rocketed.

Valentina’s children and grandchildren can now go to school more regularly without risks, which is very important to her; she believes that education is the key to development on a local and regional scale. 

Seeing first hand the impacts of your GiveMeTap bottles is a very surreal experience. We don’t just improve communities, each individual life is touched in such a significant way. We can’t wait to share more stories with you from the field.

In the mean time, share this post with your friends & family!

Keep on Tappin’

Happy 3rd Birthday GiveMeTap

Woah, can’t believe that this time last year I was walking in a leg cast recovering from a broken bone. At the same time I was interviewing for our summer internship position, as GiveMeTap was about to undergo a shift in gears. 

A massive thank you to ALL of you who are joining us on our mission to hydrate the world. Because of you chose to drink water from a GiveMeTap bottle, a person that could of died from water borne diseases will now live. I think that is truly amazing! Imagine a world where your simple purchases can help to transform the world. I look forward to building that future with you.

I’d really like to thank our very first person that joined us on this journey. At first I was a crazy student with an desire to hydrate the world. But then Bart was the first person to buy a bottle from our website, which helped to create the movement. Thank you Bart for kicking things off, and thank you all for uniting with us to make water more easily accessible to every human in the world.

Love you all

How to make edible packaging.

Can you have your water bottle and eat it too?

Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, three London-based Spanish industrial design students created Ooho, a blob-like water container that they say is easy and cheap to make, strong, hygienic, biodegradable, and edible.

Here is their video showing how to chow down on the blob which costs only 2 cents to make!

As reported by Co.Exist

It is awesome to see innovative solutions to plastic waste being discovered everyday. Edible Packaging is a brilliant move towards a truely sustainable product. However, I do wonder how the Ooho would live in my bag without bursting onto my Kindle!

Maybe this solution is better for home use, replacing plastic bottles in the fridge and for those people who don’t have access to quality tap water.

Sustainable solutions do not necessarily have to mean that bottle packaging has to disappear, but that the bottle doesn’t have to be disposed of to the detriment of our Planet. This is why solid portable solutions such as stainless-steel bottles may fare better on the way to work when placed in the same bag as your other prized possessions!

What do you guys think? Would you prefer to have something edible like Ooho, or a solution that could last you a long time?

Preparing for Ghana - Edwin's Plane Playlist.

‘Without music, life would be a mistake…’

As the Water Guy heads to Ghana to get underway with the next GiveMeTap water project, we got him to share with us the tunes he’ll be listening to on his journey. Get ready for some AFROBEATS! Perfect for your own journey if you are jetting away or even if you are stuck on the tube like the rest of us! 

Access Edwin’s playlist via the Spotify link or alternatively, jam along in the office through youtube!

Watch this space for when one of our Interns will be sharing their travel playlist! In the mean time, check out the amazing work you’ve helped achieve across Africa in the name of water.

BBC1 'Rip Off Food' backs GiveMeTap

I was at a meeting when I got a tweet from @TankUnitt saying that GiveMeTap was just on BBC1. I rushed over to iPlayer when I got home and switch on the BBC1 programme Rip Off Food and watched as they talked about bottled water vs tap water. They conducted a taste test where over half over the contestants preferred tap water over everything else. Time and time again this is the preferred choice. It just goes to show that tap water rules! 

What was really exciting was when the presenter said ‘If you really want to save money, you better get back on Tap!“. The presenter then said that people should backed the GiveMeTap movement. Check out a still from the iPlayer website of GiveMeTap on TV! Cool right?!

We want to thank one of our fantastic Water Providers, Tea, for letting the BBC1 use their premise to capture the footage. 

Here are some more snaps (sorry I am just really excited)

Share this with everyone please and let’s get people drinking TAP!

Life Inspiring Quotes

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, its the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead.

“Successful people make a habit of doing what unsuccessful people don’t want to do.” - Thomas Edison.

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind”. - Christian Larson.

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you its going to be a butterfly.”

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we’re taught.”

Unilever joins the Global Water Aid Scheme

Multinational corporations are joining the fight to support water aid in third world countries with over one billion of the world’s population still striving for clean and sustainable access to water. NGOs across the world have agreed that increased widespread of knowledge on water sanitation measures and hygiene could transform millions of lives. Private sector aid efforts are being supported by global charities that spend their resources on eliminating water sanitation and increasing supplies by initiating water projects in underdeveloped countries. The number of supporters is increasing as we speak, a definite positive thought to end the week with!!