Updated: Jan 27
One third of the global population does not have access to proper sanitation, with over 2.3 million who have no toilet at all. This leads to a multitude of global issues that are threatening human health and causing environmental issues. Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and other wastewater drain into the world's waters. (UN). Almost 900 children die every day from diseases caused by not having a proper loo or clean water. That's one child every two minutes. (Water Aid)
Luckily, there's a company doing something about this. Who Gives A Crap not only makes toilet paper out of 100% recycled paper but they also donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need. Toilets are proven to be a great solution, because the provide dignity, health, and improved quality of life. In case that wasn't enough, it's been shown that a dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity. Toilets are magical!
Simon, Jehan and Danny love toilet paper. Lots of room for toilet jokes. But really, they love toilet paper because it's their way of making a difference. They started Who Gives A Crap when they learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet, and 900 kids were dying per day. They thought that was pretty crap. So in July 2012, this motley team launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. Simon sat on a toilet in our draughty warehouse and refused to move until we had raised enough pre-orders to start production. 50 hours and one cold bottom later, they'd raised over $50,000 (see the video here!) They delivered their first product in March 2013 and have been thrilled to keep growing ever since.
For more, visit: www.whogivesacrap.org