Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger idea — a collection of water bottles in different shapes that creates “the world’s longest water pipe”. The money from the bottles sold is used to fund water projects around the globe and to install water fountains in cities, restaurants, stations, etc. where they can be refilled. The team recently received the Dutch Design Award 2010 for their ingenuity.
Nothing makes us happier than discovering “real” green design projects and systems that — with the help of many — contribute to a better world. Jointhepipe.org is a non-profit foundation based in Amsterdam that consists of an international team. Their common dream is to create the longest “water pipe” in the world and eliminate all new production of plastic water bottles.
The idea developed out of a reaction towards the waste of water that occurs in parts of the world, while the rest of the earth suffers. But how does one redistribute water to those in need in a fairer way? By using design as a metaphorical tool and harnessing social hubs and networks to inspire and spread the word.
The system is based on a collaborative effort where everyone can join in and contribute to building the longest pipe and giving water to those without. Join the community, get your bottle and become a part of the world’s first social community for tap water drinkers. As a member, you can follow the process and see how the network grows and how your money is being invested.
Let Jointhepipe.org stand as a good example for all designers aspiring to make a difference, caring for the less privileged and finding solutions to the big problems. Let the JTP bottle in the same way become a statement to show that you care. Follow the growth and become even more inspired at Jointhepipe.org and don’t miss their film.