Bringing back water from consumer to producer by balancing water footprints

The Mission

Drip by Drip is a non-profit organization engaging in water, sanitation and waste water projects in countries challenged by the global textile industry. It engages in a global network sharing knowledge about the link between fast fashion consumption and water resources and shares the world’s first Blue Fabricx with anyone who wishes to craft clothes which give water instead of taking it. We work based on three principles: (1) support of natural water cycles, (2) protection of equal water distribution and (3) minimisation of the negative effects of our fashion consumption habits.

The Vision

We believe that water is a fundamental human right. One that is challenged especially in cotton cultivating countries. A change has to come. Alternative and less ‘thirsty’ fabrics need to be developed in order to relieve water stressed regions from the pressure that the global fashion industry is putting on local water and sanitation systems.

The Challenge

Based on the concept of the natural water cycle, water can not be lost in a sense that total water resources decrease. However, overexploitation, water pollution and unsustainable consumption are responsible for a ‘shift’ of available resources. For example, if groundwater resources are used for industrial purposes and are not released properly back to the environment, this water is ’lost’ for other purposes – e.g. drinking water. Without proper management and governance of water resources, water is bond to products such as clothes – leaving regions with increasing water stress related problems.

Our Solution

This are the four fields we are working in.

Spreading the word

Spreading the word

We want to spread the word about the linkage between our fashion consumption and the growing water crises in textile producing countries. Therefore, we will host our first event on World Water Day 2018 in Berlin, bringing together experts and brands to get as much information out to consumers as possible. Also we are in the process of developing a digital Water Playbook to spread the word even wider.

Paying Reparations / WASH program

Paying Reparations / WASH program

Giving back to those we took from the most. Our textile consumption is binding valuable water resources in fashion items. Resources that are missing as drinking water for the people in the region. That’s why we engage in farsighted and enduring water, sanitation and hygiene projects based on reparations paid by the fashion industry. So far we only took, now we will give back!

Sharing the Fabrics

Sharing the Fabrics

We believe change is a matter of giving not taking. This is why we share our Fabrics with Brands and Partners. Together with our partner Tintex, we develop the Fabrics. Made out of Tencel, Modal and Hemp they are much less water thirsty than the usual fibres, such as cotton. Our aim is to achieve the most sustainable use of water in the process of making the fabrics. The donations will be used to fund our WASH program (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and solutions to waste water management systems in the textile industry.

Setting up Waste Water Managment

Setting up Waste Water Managment

In order to sustainably change the industry we will engage in waste water management projects in countries that suffer from decreasing clean water resources. We will develop tailor-made solutions for factories to enable them to release the water back into the natural water cycle, hence the environment.

WaterPlayBook

Have a look at our Waterplaybook and the water footprint calculator for your wardrobe.
It is made for you. Free to use, to share and to discuss.

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The Team

Valeria Corallo

WASH Program & Waste Water Projects

Get in touch: valeria@dripbydrip.org

With a background in Integrated Water Resources Management and Economics, Valeria is working in the water sector since 2013 – focusing on utilities in developing and emerging countries in improving their public water and sanitation services. With Drip by Drip she wants to push a change from the conventional way of international development cooperation practices and to spread the importance of proper management of and governance for our most valuable resource.

Amira Jehia

Social Justice & Communication

Get in touch: amira@dripbydrip.org

Amira fights for women’s rights, advocates for basic income, social justice and clean drinking water. The times she lived and worked abroad in countries of the Middle East and Africa have made her aware of the importance of water, hence inspired her role at Drip by Drip.

Johannes Fürst

Fabrics

Get in touch: hannes@dripbydrip.org

Hannes carried the concept of a fabric with less water consumption from the first sample to the final product. With a background in brand management for sports and fashion brands he co-founded the creative studio and textile agency Montebelo back in 2013. He dedicates himself to the research and development of sustainable textile products while working closely with manufacturers and creators in all stages of the supply chains.

Benedikt Fuhrmann

Visionary

Get in touch: ben@dripbydrip.org

Change begins with a drop and everyone can be that drop. Benedict wants to carry this simple message with Drip by Drip into the world. He wants to show that it is possible to leave the shadows of our time behind. To do this, man must be willing to feel, act and think beyond his own existence. He firmly believes in a broad change of consciousness in humanity and looks confidently into the future.

Ali Azimi

Inspirer

Get in touch: ali@blueben.org

Ali is the founder of Blue Ben, the first fashion brand in the world that is creating a water giving wardrobe made entirely of essentials instead of fast fashion items. Blue Ben is giving 10% of its revenue to Drip by Drip in order to support cotton and textile producing countries in cleaning their water, instead of continuing to pollute it. Therefore the brand completely refrains from using cotton. In September 2017 Ali travelled to Bangladesh to get a better understanding of its water crisis and the linkage to our fashion consumption here. His findings inspired the foundation of Drip by Drip.

Partners & Brands

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