Posted by: Big Beard | January 20, 2016

Canne Water 4 kids in Flint Michigan

CannedWater4kids recently shipped two truckloads of canned water to Flint, Michigan to aid in their water crisis. We at CannedWater4kids believe every child in the world should have access to safe drinking water. Click HERE to donate to our efforts today or go to CannedWater4kids.com to find out how you can help.

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Posted by: Big Beard | January 14, 2016

CannedWater4kids Aid to Flint, MI

Check out this story on TMJ4.com which shows CannedWater4kids water being shipped to our neighbors in need of safe drinking water in Flint, MI.

“There is nothing more fundamental to our existence on this planet than water. It’s difficult to imagine what we’d do without it — because for us it’s so easily accessible.”-Scott Steele

 

Posted by: Big Beard | January 12, 2016

CannedWater4kids Working in Guatemala

Our cannedwater4kids.org PHD board member Marissa Jablonski working in Guatemala — building a gravity-fed water distribution system in San Pedro Secal in Cotzal.cw4k2

Posted by: Big Beard | August 2, 2015

United Nations World Water Day Run 4 Water

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Posted by: Big Beard | April 27, 2015

Article in 30 West Magazine

30 West magazine May 2015

Posted by: Big Beard | March 10, 2015

Canned Water 4 kids on Fox 6

Thanks to Brian Kramp for this awesome story! Click here to watch the video on the Fox 6 website

Local Group Helping to Make Sure Children Around the World Have Safe Drinking Water

(WITI) — The water that we drink every day and hardly give a second thought, is a scarce commodity for countless children around the world. One local group is working hard to make sure $0.95 cents of every dollar collected by CannedWater4Kids goes directly to the project. Watch as Brian Kramp shows you how they’re doing it with their own water, a can and a mission.

Posted by: Big Beard | January 19, 2015

How an entrepreneur uses canned water to help kids in need

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After more than 40 years in the canning business, Greg Stromberg decided he wanted to give something back. But rather than simply writing a big check to a favorite charity, Stromberg chose an entrepreneurial route. Six years ago he founded CannedWater4Kids, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that sells spring water in aluminum bottles and cans, with the proceeds used to fund clean-drinking-water projects in developing nations. In November, CannedWater4Kids’ 16-ounce bottle packaging won the Best of Show award in Beverage World Magazine’s 2014 Global Packaging Design Competition. Stromberg, whose nonprofit has raised over $200,000 for clean-water projects, spoke to Can Science about his philanthropy.

CTN: How did you decide to start a nonprofit focused on delivering water in underdeveloped countries?

GS: I always felt that I needed to give back to my company and industry for all of the blessings I have received in the 44 years in this industry. I have three children I was able to put through college and nine healthy grandchildren. But as I was exposed to the news and [met] a missionary in Africa, I felt rather guilty of the abundance we have here in America. I think as you get older you appreciate the fact that you were lucky to be born in a country with so many opportunities and resources.

How large is your team?

I like to refer to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit as a very lean virtual e-charity. Our staff and board are very small and no one is paid a salary. No infrastructure or high administrative costs. Over 95 percent of our proceeds go directly to clean, safe, sustainable drinking-water projects in two countries [Zambia, Guatemala]. Did you know that in Zambia in Central Africa, $0.025 will keep one child supplied with safe, clean drinking water for five years?

Why did you choose aluminum cans and bottles over plastic for the water?

Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and becomes a new can in 60 days, unlike plastic. Aluminum cans and bottles provide long shelf life by protecting the product inside from sunlight and contamination, they don’t shatter and they are light to transport. Aluminum cools down faster. Aluminum cans stack well. Our cans and bottles are filled with spring water close to the source. Unlike tap water, it doesn’t travel long distances in pipes that may add contaminates to the drinking water. We all know that our infrastructure continues to deteriorate and in many cities it is crumbling, along with the old leaded pipes in older homes.

How do consumers react to water in a can?

People are surprised at first. They love the taste of the water because it’s cold, unlike plastic, which never feels cold. It cools down faster and people like that aspect. It’s kind of a novelty. Plus our graphics won an award from Beverage World, so people have been keeping the bottle to refill.

You sell cans of water in the U.S. and the profits go to other countries to build water-purification solutions. Where do you sell the water?

We have sold water to universities, trade shows, small retailers and Aramark in Denali National Park in Alaska, to replace plastic bottles.

Give us a sense of the scope of your operations.

We are currently focused on Zambia in Central Africa and on the Highlands of Guatemala, working with the [nonprofit] Engineers Without Borders from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. We have done seven wells in Africa and six water-purification projects in Guatemala. We have in the past supplied water for emergency purposes: for Haiti after the earthquake, Northern Japan after the tsunami and the Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy. We have also supported WaterCharity.org and SON International over the last five years.

Do you have any concerns about BPA in metal cans?

Not at all. My wife, my children, my grandchildren and I have all been drinking out of cans for many years with no issues. I believe that the science shows that there have been no issues with cans. I believe that this is why they are the safest containers in the world for food and beverages. I don’t know of anyone getting sick or dying from a canned food product. I do know my family has gotten sick from unpackaged food.

How do you encourage recycling?

We are involved with the Oskar Blues Foundation and we have set up recycling containers at events we attend to make sure our cans are recycled. We also reference on our package that a can becomes a new can in 60 days and is infinitely recyclable. We partner with Can Manufacturers Institute to help educate schools. We have also worked with the GreenSportsAlliance.org and YouAreWhatYouDrink.org, which is part of Partnership for a Healthier America.

Posted by: Big Beard | December 16, 2014

Canned Water 4 kids in the Freeman

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Posted by: toobeeman | September 11, 2014

CW4K well project gets underway in Zambia, Africa

CW4K is once again providing clean safe drinking water to over 400, 000 people in Zambia, Africa. Our partner organization, The Christian Calvary Missionary and orphanage in Mufulira, Zambia, will soon be pumping clean safe drinking water from a new well, something they are dying for lack of. This new well will also help provide irrigation for the Missionary’s farm that feeds the orphans, missionary inhabitants and needy people from Mufulira. CW4K needs to raise additional funds to complete this project and has embarked on a social media campaign asking people to donate or purchase CW4K premium glacier water. Visit www.facebook.com/cannedwaterforkids to learn more about donating to this project or see more photos.

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The drilling of a new well in Mufalari, Zambia sponsored by CW4K

New! 16oz aluminum bottled glacier water

New! 16oz aluminum bottled glacier water

The University of Tulsa Sustainability Committee was looking for a way to welcome students back on campus in a sustainable, thoughtful manner. We paired up with CannedWater Kids, and purchased aluminum bottled water to pass out to residents as they moved to campus in the summer heat!

CannedWater4Kids, a 501c3 nonprofit charity is an organization focused on bringing clean, safe water to children worldwide. Ensuring access to safe, clean water is critical. Not only is it essential for successful agriculture, food and energy production, it is a children’s issue because water is vital for healthy development and survival. CannedWater4Kids does this by tapping into the global can industry. Clean water, packaged in aluminum cans, has become their symbol and billboard for spreading the word while developing strong grassroots awareness and participation.  CannedWater4Kids helps to dig wells, supply water storage containers, buy purification equipment and more for communities around the world who do not have basic access to clean drinking water.

Did you know that each of us in America uses about 80 gallons of water daily? That’s enough to sustain 16 African families for a day. In our homes, we go into the kitchen, turn on the faucet and drink clean, refreshing water – instantly. In contrast, a mother in Zimbabwe might have to travel miles in search of clean, drinkable water to save her baby. Americans are blessed with easy access to clean water, but that’s not the case worldwide.

Using aluminum cans is the most sustainable way to package individual containers of liquid. Americans recycled approximately 56 billion aluminum cans last year, increasing the recycling rate to 58 percent and saving the energy equivalent of 17 million barrels of crude oil, or nearly two days of all U.S. oil imports. Consumers recognize the value of infinitely recyclable aluminum cans – recycling is one of the easiest ways consumers can help reduce their environmental footprint. Consider:

  • Cans have the highest recycling rate of any beverage container in the U.S., far higher than glass and plastic.

 

  • The average aluminum can is made from 68 percent total recycled content, the highest of any beverage container.

 

  • Cans provide long shelf life by protecting products inside from light, oxygen and other factors, which can affect taste and even product safety.

 

  • Cans don’t shatter and are among the lightest beverage packages to transport, reducing their environmental footprint.

 

  • Cans go from the recycling bin to store shelves within 60 days.

 

  • Making cans from recycled metal takes 95 percent less energy and 95 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than using new metal.

 

  • The aluminum can is the only package that more than covers its recycling costs, helping to finance the collection and recycling of other materials such as glass and plastic.

Recent life cycle analyses of the aluminum beverage can in the U.S. and in Europe confirms the can is more sustainable than ever as a

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consumer-friendly packaging material for beverages. The largest beverage can maker in the world, Ball Corporation continues to work with our partners throughout the supply chain to drive the recycling rate higher, ensuring the aluminum can remains the sustainable package of choice.

The mission of the University of Tulsa Sustainability Committee is to promote a culture of sustainability on the TU campus – to advance policies and participate in projects that lead to a more sustainable future.

For more information about the TU Sustainability Committee and our efforts, visit our website at www.utulsa.edu/sustainabiity, or at www.facebook.com/TulsaUSC.

For more information on CannedWater4Kids, visit www.cannedwater4kids.com.

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