By: Andrew Meredith
It's pretty safe to say that the scourge that is plastic bottled-water is finally beginning to lose steam in America. Reusable stainless-steel water bottles not only save us all kinds of money in the long run, they keep both ourselves and the planet safe from harmful plastics.
Conveniently, there's a company out there that takes it even a step further than that.
WeDrink, based in Norfolk Virginia, sells canteens (awesome canteens), while also giving substantial and transparent per-bottle donations (as much as 50% of the bottle's pricetag) to water-relief charities. It's the buy-one-give-one business model similar to the One Laptop Per Child program and TOMS Shoes, except with water.
Each bottle can take care of the on-the-go water, juice, or even smoothie needs; it also supplies a large enough donation to sponsor one individual in the developing world with over 10 years of safe, clean water through WeDrink's Partnered Charities. In addition, WeDrink also makes per-bottle donations to causes that help clean up America's own waterways! WeDrink's Partnered Charities include Water For People and PlayPumps International (which is now a subsidiary of WFP), which drill wells and provide sanitation services throughout Latin and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. WeDrink is global AND local and also supports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as the west coast's waterways through Heal The Bay!
So check them out at http://www.charitybottle.com or keep an eye out at The Space Above, as they will be available in the studio in the very near future.
And check these links to find more ways to help: