The World Health Organization notes that 80 percent of diseases are water borne and preventable with clean water and improved sanitation. After losing his mom to liver cancer in 2012, Ben Kander was inspired to create a product that would help solve this global conflict in her memory. Nearly 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water or basic sanitation, and many of them are dying from malnourishment and disease. Enter the Welly bottle. Ben developed a canteen-shaped water bottle that encourages you to keep it, reuse it, and be part of altering the framework of water consumption across the world. Watch this video to learn more:
I receive free water bottles of all shapes, sizes, and colors at fitness events, but I’ve never seen a bottle like Welly. The bottle filters as you drink (chlorine, taste, and odor). Each filter replaces 300 plastic disposable bottles, reducing demand for plastic, as well as the oil needed to process, pump, and ship those plastic bottles. It’s made with natural resources, including bamboo for hand-panels to help accelerate water flow and activated coconut shell carbon for the filters. For every bottle sold, Welly will donate $1 to charity:water, where 100% of the donations go directly toward funding clean water projects. You can support Welly on Kickstarter to help make these bottles a reality. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to use at my desk and in fitness classes!
Images and video via Welly