According to the World Water Council:
1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water
2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation
1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases, 3,900 of which are children
Although many countries have freshwater rivers and lakes, these water supplies are often contaminated because of a lack of proper plumbing and sewage systems. Many humans use these bodies of water for laundry and bathing, as well as drinking, putting their health at extreme risk.
What developing countries need is cheap, efficient way to filter water that doesn't require a lot of infrastructure or technical knowledge.
That's why in 2009, two undergraduate students named Jay and Aakash made the decision to start Hydros at 4am in the basement of a University of Pennsylvania study hall.
Constructed from Tritan, a BPA and phosphate-free material, the Hydros Bottle is a water filtration and carrying system that you can carry in your hand. All you have to do is pour water through the replaceable, fast-flow filter that's built into the cap. When the bottle's full, simply remove the cap to enjoy water that's free from minerals, chemicals, and bacteria.
If you've been looking for a sustainable way to stay hydrated, but want a water bottle that does more than look good in your gym back, Hydros might be the reusable water bottle for you.
What's more, the company makes it their mission to provide the entire world with access to clean drinking water, not just those that can afford a fancy bottle.
From the website: "By purchasing your Hydros Bottle, you are joining Operation Hydros, the fight against the global water crisis. For every Hydros Bottle sold we donate one dollar to an environmentally sustainable water infrastructure project—that translates to two thousand gallons of fresh water. For our first project, we have partnered with Engineers Without Borders to deliver fresh water to the thirsting Cameroonian village of Gundom. Every bottle you purchase contributes two thousand gallons of water to Gundom."
The website also offers interesting tools to help you calculate how much money you'll save using the Hydros bottle rather than buying bottled water, as well as information about water quality in your zip code.