Drip by Drip

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Mission Statement

Drip by Drip is a non-profit organization primarily engaged in industrial wastewater projects in countries that face challenges related to the global textile industry. We participate in a global network, sharing knowledge about the connection between fashion consumption and water resources while developing the world’s first water saving fabric alternatives, co-developing filter systems for the industry and organizing the annual event FASHION FOR WATER. Our work builds on three principles:
1. supporting natural water cycles
2. protecting equal water distribution and
3. minimizing the negative effects of our fashion consumption habits.

Description

DRIP BY DRIP IS THE WORLD’S FIRST NGO COMMITTED TO TACKLING THE WATER ISSUES IN THE FASHION AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY.
The natural water cycle concept states that water cannot be lost, at least not in the sense of a decrease in total water resources. 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 not released back into the environment properly, this water is ‘lost’ for other purposes – i.e. drinking water.
Without proper management and stewardship, water resources are disproportionately consumed by products such as clothes, leaving regions to cope with increasing water-stress-related problems.
We believe that water is a fundamental human right. One that faces particular challenges in cotton-cultivating countries & textile producing countries. The world needs a paradigm shift. Developing alternative, less 'thirsty' materials is essential to relieving the pressure that the global fashion industry is putting on local water and sanitation systems in water-stressed regions.

Program Details

Our work covers four approaches:
CREATE
To proof that there are alternatives which compare to and even outperform cotton as a source for textiles, we develop fabrics under the utmost saving of water. The fabrics are created by our own network THE BLUE LAB.
INFORM
We want to educate about the link between fashion habits in Western countries and a decline of clean water resources in the countries of the Global South – inside and outside of the textile industry. We therefore host the annual industry event FASHION FOR WATER which brings together industry leaders, water experts, multipliers and activists to build partnerships/ networks and create change. Also we offer workshops at universities and other institutions tailored to the audience.
CLEAN
In order to sustainably change the industry we engage in waste water management projects in countries that suffer from decreasing clean water resources. We are in the process of codeveloping tailor-made solutions, that are easily and cost-effectively integrated into factories to enable them to
  • clean the waste water satisfactorily
  • to release the clean water back into the natural water cycle, hence the environment
  • or keep using the water through a closed-loop system which saves groundwater from being exploited
SUPPORT
Unfiltered industrial wastewater has already polluted the ground & surface water that nourishes both humans and livestock. This water needs to be cleaned to be made available for these purposes again. We fund filter projects for areas affected by the textile industry’s wastewater, operated by our partner organization AGROHO in Bangladesch. More countries are to follow.
Primary Issue
Water
Secondary Issue
Pollution
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Weichselplatz 3
Berlin, null 12045
Germany
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