The Tap Project by UNICEF

December 11, 2006

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The Tap Project did such a great job designing the bottle. The bottle clearly caught my attention due to the great aesthetics attributed to it. It goes to show how influential designs can be to any product or cause.

The Tap Project is a very interesting project coming from UNICEF. On March 22, 2007, the United Nations’ World Water Day, hundreds of restaurants in New York City, will invite their patrons to pay $1 for something they normally get for free. Tap water. Although one would wonder why they would paid for tap water, the funds collected will support UNICEF water programs, which provide safe drinking water to children around the world.

There are over 21% of children living in developing countries (most of them in Africa) do not have access to clean water. That’s more than one billion people. 80% of all illness and infant mortality is due to waterborne disease. The lack of clean water is the second largest killer of children under the age of 5.

With just $1 UNICEF can provide 40 litres of safe drinking water, enough to give one child safe drinking water for 40 days or 40 children safe for one day.With just a dollar, UNICEF can provide 100 water purification tablets to provide clean water for children in crisis situations.

On March 22, 2007, there are several dozen Manhattan restaurants participating in this project so make sure you go out to eat and buy a couple of bottles of tap water via The Tap Project to support the cause. I know its pretty early to mention this cause but its better to be informed early rather than not to be informed at all. Spread the word and remember on March 22, 2007.

[The Tap Project]

– Jon

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American Gulag

November 5, 2006

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American Gulag is a series of bracelets made of tough and durable rubber and/or stainless steel that simulate barbed wire. Created by the Richter Studio based in Rhode Island, USA, Gulags are based on the prisoners who went against the Soviet Union government and sent into secret prison camps where they would be abused and often killed. The American Gulag are created to support human rights and fighting the American’s “war on terror” which is responsible for illegal imprisonment, torture and murder (ie. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay).

The bracelets are available in black or white rubber for $17 (USD) and the Sterling Silver $275 (USD). A portion of sales will be donated to a human rights organization dedicated to fighting these injustices. Think of them as the new yellow wrist band in which Lance Armstrong used to support Live Strong and Cancer Awareness. It’s for a good cause, they look pretty cool and inexpensive to say the least (Well, i’d take a pass on the sterling silver bracelet. It’s a bit steep just to support a cause in my opinion.)

 [Richter Studio – American Gulag]

– Jon