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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.
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.
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.
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
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 on CannedWater4Kids, visit www.cannedwater4kids.com.
At Canned Water 4 Kids, joining the 12-oz aluminum can is a sleek 16-oz reclosable aluminum bottle.
Since 2008 a nonprofit organization called Canned Water 4 Kids has been bringing clean, safe water to children and families
worldwide who have none. The group’s efforts include the digging of wells and installation of water filtration systems as well as provision of disaster relief and clean water education.
How does CW4K raise the money to do this badly needed work? By selling 12-oz aluminum cans of water in cans that are, for the most part, donated. Filling is done by Cold Springs Brewery of Cold Springs, MN—again, largely as a donation. CW4K then sells the canned water over the internet and makes sure that 95 cents of every dollar that comes in helps build a water purification plant or drill a well in a region where clean water is badly needed.
In a new initiative, CW4K now has a 16-oz aluminum bottle available. “People like bottles,” explains Founder Greg Stromberg. “They’re resealable yet every bit as recyclable as an aluminum can.”
The Alumi-Tek bottle from Ball Container (www.ball.com) began appearing this summer in Denali National Park and Preserve through Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture, the authorized concessioner for the various tours, activities, and other services offered with Denali.
“Each bottle sold provides 27 children with clean drinking water for more than four years in Zambia Central Africa,” says Stromberg.
Learn more at www.CannedWater4Kids.org
originally posted on Digital Journal @ http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2081373
CW4K was among those invited to The White House to help First Lady Michelle Obama and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in welcoming seven new organizations as they join the group’s DrinkUP effort, which encourages people across the country to drink more water, more often.
The seven organizations added included Brita®, First 5 Santa Clara County, Haws Corporation™, Nalgene® Outdoor Products, S’well Bottle, Santa Clara Valley Water District and The California Endowment.
The event took place on July 22 in Washington DC.
The First Lady also highlighted a new study from Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS), which found that a recent online ad campaign for DrinkUP fueled a 3 percent lift in incremental sales of bottled water among those exposed to the campaign. “When the DrinkUP campaign was launched last year, it had one simple goal – to get kids and families excited about drinking water,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “And today, less than a year later, we know that water sales jumped nearly three percent among people who saw Drink Up ads.
CW4K CEO, Greg Stromberg said, “A DrinkUP member company September, 2013, we are honored to be among those providing access to water for more people wherever they are, whenever they want it, however they want it – be it tap, filtered, canned or bottled”
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit http://www.aHealthierAmerica.org.
About Drink UP The collaboration to encourage everyone to drink more water was formed between the Partnership for a Healthier America – which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make the healthy choice the easy choice for busy parents and families – and stakeholders across the public and private sectors who are dedicated to encouraging people to drink more water more often. You are what you drink- and when you drink water, you drink up. To learn more visit http://www.youarewhatyoudrink.org.
CannedWater4Kids CannedWater4Kids (CW4K) is a 501c3 charity based in Sussex, WI. The organization’s mission is to bring clean, safe water to the children of the world who are currently without. CW4K funds it’s initiatives with cash donations and sales of their premium spring water product. 95% of all money collected goes to fund and deliver clean water programs. Efforts include sending water to Japan to aid in their post-earthquake water shortage, assisting the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders in bringing water purification solutions to the highlands of Guatemala, supporting of a well/water tank project in Zambia, Africa, and the Bio Sand Filters project in Tanzania. A recent water project in Africa, provides a village of over 400,000 people first-time ongoing access to clean, safe water. CW4K is proud to be part of the Partnership for a Healthier America, Drink UP Initiative. Youarewhatyoudrink.org
To learn more, visit cannedwater4kids.org.
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