It was back in 2009 when Edwin Broni-Mensah decided to change the fact that he preferred to buy plastic water bottles (with the risk of environmental pollution), instead of asking in a cafe, or restaurant, to refill his bottle with tap water. Edwin admits the fact that he felt ashamed to make such demand because in his native UK this is a sort of a social taboo. This is how Give Me Tap social enterprise was brought to life.
At the time when Give Me Tap was born, Edwin Broni-Mensah was a student of Applied Maths at the University of Manchester.
Eager to get a six-pack before he turned 25 years old, Edwin entered in a fitness program that was requiring him to consume huge amounts of water daily. This need for water resulted in extra financial costs and environmental pollution with plastic bottles, which he was very conscious about. In the same time, Edwin grew with his parents’ childhood stories about their natal Ghana where people face daily huge water problem.
With all these facts in his mind, Edwin Broni-Mensah came up with an amazing concept that offers a single solution for multiple problems.
Give Me Tap sells stainless steel water bottles, which are also BPA free, that can be refilled with tap water through a network of cafes and restaurants across UK. Most of the profit that result from the sale of Give Me Tap bottles is used to build water projects in Africa. With every £12.00 stainless steel bottle sold, the environment becomes cleaner, a British gets free tap water refills and an African is provided with potable water.
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Give Me Tap started with few restaurants and cafes in Manchester as “tap providers” and in just few years become an amazing international free water refill network spread in 29 cities around the world. The majority of tap provides are in the United Kingdom with 150 in London alone.
Big restaurant chains as Pizza Hut and Byron Hamburgers are involved in the free water refill network, while this year Deloitte purchased 12,500 company-branded GiveMeTap bottles with the purpose to reduce the plastic waste from its offices.
Based on calculations that each stainless steel bottle sold saves 150 plastic bottles from landfills, it is estimated that there are 2,475,000 less plastic water bottles in landfills thanks to GiveMeTap.
Give Me Tap have completed four water projects until now: two in Namibia (2010, 2012), one in Malawi (2012), the most recent in Ghana (July 2013). More than 2,150 people have been provided with access to almost unlimited supplies of water year round.
Edwin Broni-Mensah and his business have received numerous awards over the years. Only this year, in August, Give Me tap have received two awards: Invincible Business: British Young Business Award for CSR and VirginMoney’s BeTheStartAward.
Give Me Tap intends to grow across the whole of the United Kingdom, as well as in Europe and America.
Would you like to benefit by Give Me Tap water refill network in your town?
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