With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, it’s time to ask not what your planet can do for you, but what you can do for your planet!
Last year, Swissline partnered with DRINK & DONATE, an innovative non-profit organization (NPO) based in Zurich that provides clean, drinking water for those in need in developing countries. The NPO encourages people in Switzerland to purchase DRINK & DONATE branded carafes/bottles of zuriwasser (tap water from Lake Zurich) at participating restaurants and concert venues in Switzerland. The proceeds from the sales go to funding sustainable water projects around the world, selected by Swiss organizations, Helvetas, Skat Foundation and Waterkiosk Foundation.
Regardless of whether you live in Switzerland, or not, you can offset your water footprint to ensure those in developing countries have clean drinking water. DRINK & DONATE accepts private and corporate donations. In 2019, Swissline purchased water footprint certificates on behalf of all of our Swiss based employees. In 2020, we will purchase water footprints on behalf of our employees in other parts of the world.
Unlike many other countries, Switzerland has an abundance of excellent drinking water. However, around 780 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. According to UNICEF, over 4,000 people die every day from the effects of contaminated water. For the majority, the problem is not the lack of availability, but rather the poor quality of the water. If people consume water from rivers, lakes, puddles or stored rainwater, this is usually not suitable for direct drinking. It is microbiologically contaminated and leads, among other things, to serious bowel diseases, which can be fatal for many people without medical care.
Photo Credit: HELVETAS
Since its launch in August 2010, up until 2018…
- ZH 2 O züriwasser has been ordered more than 738,322 times in Zurich restaurants
- CHF 1,838,491 has been collected
- Over 79,623 people worldwide have been given long-term access to clean Drinking water
- 27 schools and 3 universities in Tanzania (with over 19,500 students) now have drinking water treatment plants
- 1090 drinking water points have been built in the mountainous regions of Nepal
- 226 people in Tanzania and Zimbabwe were trained to build wells and pumps
- Over 924 drinking water wells/drinking water pumps have been built in Tanzania and Zimbabwe
- 4 hospitals with 200,000 patients and 500 doctors now have drinking water systems
- 491 rainwater storage tanks were built in 5 villages for 1191 households in Bangladesh
So, what are you waiting for… it’s time to give back to the Earth!