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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

© 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.

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. 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.

 

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

We are working close with experts from all over the world to make a meaningful impact.

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ANA SILVA
TINTEX TEXTILES

“Being in the fashion industry as Sustainability Manager of a dyeing and finishing company made my research go through the consumption of water to realize that the fashion industry is a massive consumer and polluter of our fresh water. Believing that we can, together, change this reality and being able to implement some of these changes is what inspires me to collaborate with Drip by Drip.”

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Marla Gonçalves
Tearfil Textile Yarns

“Yarns are in the origin of creation. As spinners, we feel responsible to find new sourcing and production options that leads to a paradigm shift in the textiles water footprint, designing yarn solutions which are real water saving choices.”

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MARZIA LANFRANCHI
Sustainable Fashion Consultant

“Having seen the unnecessary stresses that our beloved fashion industry puts on our already scarce water resources, I wanted to do something about it! With Drip by Drip we give a leg up to the unsung water saving solutions in the textile sector, hopefully steering it in the right direction”

 
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RICARDO SILVA
TINTEX TEXTILES

“I believe we, Humans, have the mission to make sure we utilize always our knowledge and capabilities to make the world a better place for us and future generations of every living being. A professional in a key environmental industry, I have a unique opportunity to really make it happen.”

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ARMINDO Freitas
ESTRELA DO CAMPO

“Water is essential for life on earth and is becoming scarce, we need to take action to reduce water usage. This is a mission we care about and are proud to join by investing in a washing machine that saves 99.97% of water.”

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Angela Ortigara
WWF

A Brazilian and Italian national, Angela holds a M.Sc. from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and a Ph.D. from the University of Trento (Italy), both in Environmental Engineering. Her main expertise includes technical, social and environmental aspects of water and wastewater management, as well as project management, capacity building and water governance. Over the past five years, she has been working on the linkages between water resources and sustainable development and has been responsible for the development of flagship reports such as the UN-Water “SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation”.

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