It is estimated that one out of every six people on earth does not have access to clean water. We have promised a forum for opinions and facts to help make good choices for tasty, healthy water. But it is easy to get caught up in worry about whether by-products of disinfection may cause a slightly increased risk of cancer while overlooking the fact that a child dies every fifteen seconds because their water is not clean. Before we think about which bottled water manufacturer is a leader in sustainable development or try to find the most cleverly designed water treatment systems, it is worth thinking about the many women and children who must dedicate so much time to carrying water that education or economic improvement must be sacrificed.
Today, you can do something to help with the click of your mouse.
For each day which you visit the AquaPlastics site, PlasticsEurope will donate 10 euro cents to WaterAid. WaterAid is an international organization and a registered charity which works with local communities to enable cost-effective projects to provide safe domestic water and sanitation to people of 15 countries in Africa and Asia. Since their foundation in 1981, WaterAid estimates they have provided 8 million people with clean water. You can find out more about their mission and activities at the WaterAid website.
PlasticsEurope is the representative of about 90% of the plastic manufacturers in Europe. Your click will make a donation even if you do not stop to read a word, but obviously the goal of PlasticsEurope is to show people the advantages of plastics in providing clean water. The AquaPlastics website is dedicated to the cooperation with WaterAid, explaining how the donation drive works and educating people on both the magnitude of the problem and the role of plastics in solving it. To learn about PlasticsEurope itself, however, you will have to go to their website.
The AquaPlastics site is silent on the question of what types of plastics are used by WaterAid in their many projects, but it does note that the plastic pipes can be recycled after 50 to 100 years of service. For those who instinctively are suspicious of plastics in a sustainable context, you will see that the demands faced by WaterAid are complex and require balancing a lot of factors. Instinctively, we are suspicious of plastics in a sustainable context. But that is the challenge of good design: to know exactly what the problem is and to solve it in the most efficient manner, using the materials available within the context of all the demands of the problem and the future. And hopefully achieve an aesthetic solution
If you prefer not to offer implied support to the plastics industry, or if you simply want to do more, another option is to click directly on WaterAid to make a personal donation to help those who cannot take clean water for granted. [by ©C. Lepisto, 2005]