Travelling the world is a fantastic privilege, and anyone who – like me – has spent any time at all exploring numerous countries and living out of a backpack knows what an amazing and endlessly wondrous planet we live on. But travel does more than that. Travel also opens our eyes to the vast inequalities in the world. So when a product, an idea comes along that attempts to do something to redress that balance, to help those that need it with a product that is so simple, and so brilliant, you can’t help but admire it.
The Traveller Collective is a simple, yet brilliant idea that allows backpackers and travellers to get a simple keepsake of their round the world adventures whilst making a positive impact in the world they are wandering through.
By buying a simple product, travellers can fund the drive to give access to clean water to those who need it most.
Such an elegantly simple, yet fantastic idea.
The Water Crisis.
Water is essential for life. That simple sentence is a truism that fails to convey it’s importance unless you think of it in terms of the fact that over 783 million people do not have access to it. And according to the United Nations that number is set to rise year on year.
Water scarcity is not something that a lot of people can get their heads around easily. It is easy to take for granted that we can simply get a glass of water straight from the tap any time we want, or take a shower any time we need it. Access to water is something that so many people fail to appreciate.
Yet the fact is for so many people around the world it is a stark reality.
With a variety of geographical, political, social and environmental factors, not to mention competition for scarce resources, huge swathes of the human population live in areas where access to clean, fresh water is simply not available. Much of the developing world faces problems with drought, pollution or simply the fact that getting clean water requires tools and facilities they do not have access to. That needs to change.
The Traveller Collective Water Campaign.
The Traveller Collective works alongside Charity:Water, a non profit charity that brings sustainable, long term clean water solutions to various locations in developing countries by using a 100% model. This means 100% of the revenue raised goes toward the water projects themselves.
“When a community has access to clean water it can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies and help kids spend more time in school.“
The Traveller Collective water campaign aims to raise $10,000 to provide a long term, sustainable clean water solution for a single community. Direct donations are always going to be a part of any project like this, but the ingenious idea from the Traveller Collective is to provide a constant revenue stream from a simple product too.
The Traveller Collective Clip.
The Traveller Collective Clip is a simple keyring on the face of it, but it is also much more than that. It is a reminder of your own personal journey around the world. A simple product that symbolises all the places you have been, the things you have done and the people you have met along the way.
Available in both black and brown clips, the country spacers are made from stainless steel and individually engraved with the countries abbreviation. This allows you to build up your own collection based on your own individual journey and create a unique reminder of your gap year or backpacking trip.
The best thing is, 25% from each and every sale goes directly to the Traveller Collective Water Campaign, and 100% of all raised money goes directly to the project itself!
So what are you waiting for? Go and buy one of these awesome reminders of your own personal gap year adventure here, and know that by doing so you are helping provide a community with much needed, clean, fresh drinking water.
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This post has been brought to you in partnership with the Traveller Collective. The views and opinions expressed are the authors own and are honest and factual without any bias.