© Benedikt Fuhrmann

© Benedikt Fuhrmann

Our Vision

Water is the Future

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.

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Our Mission

Clean the Industry

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.

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.

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The Challenge

Water pollution & scarcity

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

“In some areas depletion and pollution of economically important river basins and associated aquifers have gone beyond the point of no-return, and coping with a future without reliable water resources systems is now a real prospect in parts of the world.”[4]

“Important waterways in the Global South are also increasingly threatened by
the build-up of hazardous substances, which are impairing their ecological health and their capacity to provide vital resources.”[4]

The Team

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Valeria Corallo

With a background in Integrated Water Resources Management and Economics, Valeria is working in the water sector since 2013 – focusing on utilities in developing and emerging countries in improving their public water and sanitation services. With Drip by Drip she wants to push a change from the conventional way of international development cooperation practices and to spread the importance of proper management of and governance for our most valuable resource.

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Amira Jehia

Amira has set up several initiatives, NGOs and social start-ups, such as Blue Ben and the Karma Classics. Her mission is to educate consumers about their power to change the industry by making sustainable consumption choices. The times she lived and worked abroad in countries of the Middle East and Africa have made her aware of the importance of water, hence inspired her role at Drip by Drip.

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Johannes Fürst

Hannes carried the concept of a fabric with less water consumption from the first sample to the final product. With a background in brand management for sports and fashion brands he co-founded the creative studio and fashion agency Montebelo back in 2013. He dedicates himself to the research and development of sustainable textile products while working closely with manufacturers and creators in all stages of the supply chains.

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Ali Azimi

Ali is the founder of Blue Ben, the first fashion brand in the world that is creating a water giving wardrobe made entirely of essentials instead of fast fashion items. Blue Ben is giving 10% of its revenue to Drip by Drip in order to support cotton and textile producing countries in cleaning their water, instead of continuing to pollute it. Therefore the brand completely refrains from using cotton. In September 2017 Ali travelled to Bangladesh to get a better understanding of its water crisis and the linkage to our fashion consumption here. His findings inspired the foundation of Drip by Drip.

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