Think for a moment: What have you done today that used clean water?
A shower, cup of tea or coffee, clean dishes or hands, and the list can go on, and on - all before 10am. Many of us take water for granted, but with the world water crisis impacting 844 million people who lack access to clean water, it's a luxury.
As we honor World Water Day this week, consider what you can do to fight the world water crisis. You can support nonprofits like Numi Foundation, Water.org, Charity Water, or organizations like the Women's Earth Alliance who handle on-the-ground water access as part of their work abroad. You can also support companies that are tackling the issues head-on, using the power of their products to help fund solutions that provide water access to those in need.
Here's what Numi, and some of our friends dedicated to water issues, are doing:
HAND IN HAND SOAP
With a mission to stop the spread of water related illnesses in children, Bill Glaab and Courtney Apple founded Hand in Hand, a personal care company with a social mission: Buy a bar, give a bar. For every product purchased, one bar of soap + one month of clean water is donated to a child in need. Since 2011, over 1 million bars of soap have been donated to children in Haiti. Additionally, 4 wells have been built or repaired in communities in Haiti, providing clean water for drinking and cleansing. Hand in Hand products are vegan, cruelty free and palm oil free essentials for a clean life + a clean conscience.
Janji is the world’s top socially conscious running apparel brand. Every season, Janji goes to a different country around the world, meets with local artists and fabric makers to design a line of running apparel around that country. Whenever someone buys Janji, 10% of the sale funds a clean water project in that country. For instance: Janji’s Uganda line is inspired by those they met in Uganda, utilizing fabric handwoven in Uganda. 10% of the sale funds a clean water project through Janji’s partner, Evidence Action, who distribute chlorine dispensers for drinking water.
Jeremiah's Pick has been roasting coffee for 25 years in San Francisco. Their company vision centers around the slogan: "Right Roast, Right Taste." They offer premium gourmet coffee to consumers at a price that is reasonable, believing in quality and value. Their coffee is fresh and ready to sell to customers within 48 hours of roasting. Jeremiah's Pick Coffee is proud to partner with the Numi Foundation in H2OPE in improving conditions of drinking water worldwide and donates a portion of every bottle of Rescue Organic Cold Brew Concentrate to the Numi Foundation. Follow @jeremiahspickcoffee on Instagram →
LifeStraw is committed to redefining safe drinking water. From the birth of the original LifeStraw in 2005, to their modern line of outdoor and lifestyle water filters and bottles, to their aid products, LifeStraw believes that safe water is a human right. For every LifeStraw purchased at retail, they provide safe drinking water to a child in a community in need for an entire year. In 2018, they're announcing that they've now provided over 1 million school children around the world with safe water through their programs, all thanks to the support of retail customers.
MudLOVE is a ceramics studio built on giving back. Through their partnership with Water for Good, every product purchased provides one week of clean water to someone in need. The Central African Republic is a country in desperate need of hope, love, and basic necessities. Access to safe, clean water has the power to transform communities and save lives. Alongside providing water, MudLOVE's products have become everyday instruments of encouragement and inspiration. They’re continually amazed by customers and community and how their simple jewelry and pottery is being used to make a profound impact in our world. Follow @mudlove on Instagram →
NUMI ORGANIC TEA
What is tea without water? Purchase of Numi Organic Tea helps fund Together for H2OPE, a nonprofit initiative of Numi Foundation that provides clean drinking water to our farming communities around the world. Through water infrastructure and wells, paired with sanitation and well-maintenance education, our goal is to ensure every farming community we work with has access to clean water. We currently have projects providing water access to 10,500 people in Madagascar, India, and Egypt, with expansion plans for China and South Africa.
Based on a simple, core belief that ‘People Matter,’ the Sevenly team activated the now global ‘cause art’ movement in 2011 and started creating 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase “advocacy art, apparel and accessories” that donate to non-profits. Within Sevenly's Food + Water Relief line of apparel, a portion of proceeds go to Convoy of Hope, who help distribute water filtration units as a part of disaster relief and beyond, in emerging countries. For a limited time, Sevenly is also offering the Give Water Box, a gift box of water conscious brands, that gives one month of water to two people in Sub Saharan Africa.
Stasher is the plastic-free reusable storage bag you can cook in! Made from pure platinum silicone, stasher is free of toxic chemicals including BPA, lead, latex and phthalates. As a a B Corp, a member of 1% for the Planet, a 5 Gyres partner and an advocate and contributor to Together for H2OPE, it is stasher's mission to minimize the flow of plastic pollution to our rivers and oceans. Stasher aims to reduce the consumption and careless disposal of single use plastics by providing a healthier, reusable alternative. Watch the stasher mission video and join the movement at plasticfreemovement.org.