For many of us, water is easy to take for granted—but as World Water Day on March 22 aims to remind everyone, millions of people around the world do not have reliable access to safe water. As we’ve seen (most recently and publicly with the Flint Water Crisis), it’s not even a given everywhere in the U.S. The solutions to the global water crisis may not be simple, but one thing you can easily do is donate, either directly, or by purchasing from a company that contributes part of their profits to safe drinking water organizations. We’ve rounded up some fetching items that benefit Water.org in particular—but check out other water-oriented organizations like Charity: Water too and chip in a few bucks if you can. (Take a look at some hunger-based charities too.)
Getting yourself a reusable water bottle is a great way to be more environmentally friendly—and to make sure you stay hydrated, which is pretty important. Luckily, there are so many styles out there, you’re bound to find the perfect one for you. The memobottle happens to be flat, making it easy to slide into your overstuffed backpack, briefcase, or tote. It comes in a few sizes (the A5 being the largest; others are more like pocket flasks) and you can also get vegan leather sleeves and lanyards to accessorize them if you like. The company provides two months of clean water to one person for every bottle sold.Buy Now
This is a nice basic option in a more conventional shape; it’s also pretty cheap, available in several colors, and suitable for making infusions thanks to the wide mouth. The Seattle-based company donates one percent of profits to Water.org, and promises a lifetime warranty for their products, so what’s not to love?Buy Now
If you just can’t give up your smart water but really want to reduce the amount of packaging you’re tossing away, Drinkfinity could be a good alternative for you. The reusable bottle is designed to work with their pods, which contain mixtures of dry and liquid ingredients (think natural fruit juices, vitamins, powdered spirulina, powdered dry extracts, and even chia seeds, of course) that flavor your water and boost its health benefits, without adding much sugar—and never any artificial sweeteners or flavors. The pods do contain plastic, but up to 65 percent less than a traditional single-use bottle, so it’s still a step in the right direction. And while they normally donate 1 percent of each transaction to Water.org, on World Water Day, they’ll increase that to $1.Buy Now
Hydration backpacks—the kind you might use while camping—aren’t usually super-stylish, but these marry form and function for sure. They come in several styles fit for festivals, beach-going, high-fashion hiking, or just walking around town. Each one comes with a 1.5-liter hydration pack that slips into the outer bag to hold your water (or whatever else you want to put in there) for hands-free sipping. Just like reusable water bottles, they cut down on plastic that goes into landfills. And they donate over three and a half years of water every time you post a photo of yourself wearing their merch with the hashtag #letsbota. Great excuse to take another selfie, huh?Buy Now
This sleek bottle by astrea has the added benefit of a filter that removes lead and other heavy metals that may be present so you get bottled water quality from any tap. The pop-up lid means you don’t have to unscrew the whole thing just to refill it, which is a nice plus. Even if you don’t have concerns about the health of the tap water in your town (which really should be the case for everyone), this will still make it taste its best.Buy Now
OKO H2O is a more travel-oriented option (in case you couldn’t tell from the carabiner clip) that boasts “NASA nano-technology as used in the ISS”—some serious filtration, in other words. Good for backpacking, whether locally or internationally, and for adding to your emergency preparedness kit (you do have one of those, right?). They donate 50 cents to Water.org for each bottle sold.Buy Now
Whether you’re intrigued by the touted health benefits of fulvic acid or just thrilled that there’s finally a goth-friendly water on the market, this naturally black spring water is worth a try for the novelty value alone. They also donate to Water.org, which is a clear bonus.Buy Now
You can’t make tea without water, and Tea People takes every part of the process seriously, from sourcing their tea leaves to brewing them just right. When you buy their tea to steep at home, a portion of the profits will be donated to Water.org.Buy Now
If you’re more of a coffee person, KaffeeBox is a great coffee subscription option. The quality of the beans is top-notch, and every bag of beans that’s sold “provides three months of clean water to a person in a developing country.”Buy Now
Lanna Coffee Co. works with farmers in Northern Thailand to source single-origin, pesticide-free coffee, and part of their proceeds go toward providing clean water, healthcare, and agricultural opportunities to villages throughout Thailand. But buy their Clean Water Blend in particular and $4 goes to Water.org.Buy Now
Stella Artois Better World 2019 Limited Edition Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania Chalice Gift Set, 3 for $33 on Amazon
Moving on to stronger stuff, beer—like life itself—would be nothing without water. Stella Artois debuted three limited-edition chalices and will donate $3.13 from each sale, which equates to five years of clean water for someone in the developing world. You can buy the full set or purchase the chalices individually. If you’re good on glasses, you can simply head to Twitter and give them a re-tweet to donate one year’s worth of water. (Or hit up Instagram today and use the hashtag #PourItForward.)Buy Now
If drinking beer isn’t enough, you can even lather up with craft beer shampoo and conditioner—BROO promises to “nourish, repair, protect and soothe hair” with malted barley and hops flowers. Additional bonuses: they’re cruelty-free and vegan; they support clean water and hygiene initiatives worldwide; and you can finally truly say you’re a hop head!Buy Now
Giving back is certainly a worthwhile effort and something we should all try to do more of for its own sake, but sometimes getting something good and tangible in the bargain can be just the incentive we need to take action, so check out a full list of ways to support Water.org while you shop. And consider donating too—even a small amount helps do good in the world.
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