Nikolaj Redmayne is a company that offers a range of affordable and timeless unisex wrist watches. They launched its very first collection of unisex watch wear on Kickstarter. The collection, Ineo Conquest, initiates the very first in a series of collaborations with “Good Companies” where Solvatten is the fist co-lab. Get a nikolajredmayne watch will support Solvatten Water Projects – setting people free from the struggles of safe water scarcity.
Find out all about in on Kickstarter
Ineo Conquest Prestige Rose gold, here to bring clean water for those in need, making a difference in time!
Apoteket has sought a suitable way to take responsibility for its climate impact as well as to increase the pace of its sustainability work. With Solvatten as climate compensation, trees can remain instead of being cut down for firewood.
This means that more trees will remain and will store more carbon dioxide. In addition, people who are most affected by climate change will be more resilient. Apoteket sees a clear connection between its own operations and the opportunities to contribute with knowledge of hygiene and health through this smart Swedish innovation.
As much as 80% of the diseases in developing countries are due to dirty water. In many places, people need to boil water before use, but electricity is often lacking and wood burning is the most common option. But when the forest is fired up, the opportunities to live there also diminish. By using renewable energy for water treatment, many diseases can be prevented and avoided.
Typhoid, diarrhea, and stomach infections are dangerous – especially for young children when they are particularly vulnerable. Everything starts with clean water and hygiene.
The solar water jerry cans are shipped from Sweden and reach out to vulnerable families in Kenya through local aid organizations. When the project starts, the user families get hygiene and health training, which also helps them to improve their health.
With Solvatten jerry cans, the user families are better placed to cope with extreme weather and the risks for disease spread are reduced.
More and more people are becoming aware of climate change, but they are the most vulnerable. Together, we can reduce some of the sufferings that are going on in the world. We must think simultaneously in new and long-term solutions in order to ensure a sustainable future for all. It is only by cooperating that this can be achieved.
1) Enhances the share of renewable energy, which is increasing in the world.
2) Energy and water use are made more efficient.
3) It provides a sustainable socio-economic advantage such as a better economy, a higher social status, better living conditions for women in, particularly, climate-affected countries.
4) The trees remain, providing multiple benefits such as shade, food, water purification, and CO2 binding.
Solvatten is a social enterprise that produces and distributes a sustainable solar-powered water treatment solution to people, primarily women, and children who live without clean water. More than 350,000 people today have direct use of Solvatten.
Doris is an inspiration for many women in Naruk, Kenya. She chairs a CBO called Mayatta Cultural Troupe with more than 100 women that fight against Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM), advocate against teen pregnancy and underage marriages. She is also a spearhead and role model by helping girls to be able to go to school. She is one of the many Kenyan empowering women that we march with, side by side.
This International Women Day we want to celebrate but also remind of the efforts needed to achieve real gender equality. UN gives an estimate that with the current pace, it will take 202 years before gender equality has been achieved. For more in-depth about how far we are behind, listen to Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact on this podcast here.
Women and girls often bear primary responsibility for providing water, energy, sanitation and housekeeping. Solvatten is already changing this reality in many places. We recently visited Kenya and we want to share with you the impact that Solvatten is having on people and their communities.
Jordi Albacete – Environmental Journalist
“Every drop is precious”. This was the slogan under which the Nobel Week Dialogue Water Matters took place last 9 December in Stockholm. The Nobel organisation aimed to focus on actions to solve global problems affecting water. Nobel Laureates attended this event together with scientists, experts, key opinion leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
Some action led questions were raised during the debates and parallel sessions, such as: which is the role of innovation for water scarcity?; how important is it to address energy alternative sources to ensure long lasting solutions for water crisis? or, why is working with nature to preserve the water cycle important?
Speakers included Diva Amon who has participated in several deep-sea expeditions around the world and Maude Barlow who led the campaign to have water recognised as a human right by the UN. Also taking part in the dialogue was Julian Dowdeswell, a glaciologist, working on the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change and Gary White, dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation.
Petra Wadström, inventor and founder of Solvatten, was one of the 30 panellists. Petra focused on key impacts of energy consumption to treat and to heat water for hygiene and domestic use in impoverished countries. Her findings are based on her extensive experience and knowledge in helping people living off grid in poor countries to have access to clean and hot water. More than 300,000 people in 20 different countries and refugee camps have benefited from the Solvatten jerry cans. Petra has been witnessing their impact worldwide in some of the most deprived rural and urban areas of the world.
Other ingenious inventors such as the Indian engineer Sonam Wangchuk took part in the dialogue. Wangchuk presented the Ice Stupa Project. Wangchuk builds seasonal artificial glaciers by producing ice and snow in winter. when these structures melt water is available to farmers when they most need it it, at the beginning of the agricultural season in early spring.
What to do when one in nine people lack access to improved water and nearly one billion people worldwide, in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency, do not have access to the electricity grid?
Lack of alternative energy sources and financial barriers are some of the key obstacles to realise the Sixth Sustainable Development Goal, Clean water and sanitation for all, (UN SDG# 6) .
White participated in the panel discussion ‘Don’t Talk, Act’, focused on activism. He discussed with panellists Jan Eliasson, Ambassador and Chair of the Governing Board, SIPRI and Beatrice Fihn 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign.
Evidence from water.org and WaterEquity shows that most people who don’t have access to clean water and electricity are spending a high part of their incomes to buy water for drinking and energy. “In India people are paying 125% of interests on loans to build their own toilets and many households spend up to 25% of their income to buy water from water vendors, on a regular basis”, says Gary White. He met Petra Wadström. They discussed how a partnership could help more families in impoverished countries have clean and hot water at home.
Drilling holes, pumping water and treating it has an energy cost. The question lies in how to find energy sources to create infrastructure for sanitation and running water. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011, Dan Shechtman who teaches technological entrepreneurialships at universities, encouraged entrepreneurs to innovate energy solutions for off grid households where infrastructure is poor. He showed the inspiring example of a young Israeli woman who brought solar panels to Africa to pump water from wells.
Shechtman received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering quasicrystals, a crystal with five-fold symmetry that was thought to be impossible. Today Shechtman’s research interests are focused on developing, studying and understanding the structure, mechanical properties and bio-corrosion of new magnesium alloys.
The Nobel laureate is a firm believer in the possibilities of desalinisation. If more action is put into desalinisation international conflicts around water could be avoided. Nevertheless, desalinisation is still a highly energy consuming process, which requires energy solutions.
Water is facing global challenges. Shechtman believes that the time has come to bring innovation and find solutions for water production. “Our modern societies are based on how we took the leap from being hunter gatherers to farmers. This happened more than ten thousand years ago. Up to date, we have just gathered water. We never replaced it. Now we have to master how to produce it. Desalination is one of the solutions. This would be the second revolution in our history but water pollution is still a challenge. By sharing knowledge and resources we can ensure water security and avoid international conflicts in the future”, Shechtman says.
Conservation of water and how to work with its cycle is one of the leading interests for scientists, policymakers and businesses. Sandra Postel is an author and founding director of the Global Water Policy Project. She works to bridge science, policy and practice to build a more water-secure world. She has appeared in various media productions including the BBC’s ‘Planet Earth’, Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The 11th Hour’, and the National Geographic Channel’s ‘Breakthrough’ series.
Postel believes that Eco engineering is a current pathway that needs further development. She suggested that scientists, businesses and policymakers could learn from current urban planning pilots in China to better understand how to work with the water cycle. Shangai, known as one of the 16 ‘Chinese sponge cities’, is replacing its concrete pavements with wetlands, and building green rooftops and rain gardens to absorb the stormwater in the land, making this water usable for the city.
Digital arts such as virtual reality and video games can help the public to be aware with their water footprint. The performance lecture led by artist Marina Abramovic was one of the highlights of the Water Matters event. She presented the launch of a new app called Rising, letting users make active choices to take better care of the environment with daily actions.
The app allows viewers to see their daily water and energy footprint and view Abramović in Augmented Reality. She beckons from within a glass tank that is slowly filling with water from her waist to her neck. Abramović urges viewers to reconsider their impact on the world around them, asking them to choose whether or not to save her from drowning by pledging to support the environment, which lowers the water in the tank.
Rise is available for free on Google Play and App Store. Other free apps such as Water Footprint help to calculate our impact on water consumption.
Sweden is a world-known place for innovation. Some Swedish innovators are finding energy solutions to save water or trees by using sunlight or algae.
Sunlight makes the water safe and hot. This is what the Solvatten jerry can does. It uses the power of sunlight and the UV radiation to breakdown the DNA chains of microorganisms in unsafe water.
Petra Wadström, inventor and founder of Solvatten, explained the problems resulting of energy consumption to produce safe and hot water in impoverished countries. “Energy sources alternatives are key to ensure a sustainable livelihood for families living off grid”, she said. Petra believes that access to safe water for drinking and hot water for hygiene as well as clean energy are issues that need to be addressed together. Otherwise the problem won’t be solved.
Algae has a great potential as an energy source. This is what another Swedish woman entrepreneur, Sofie Allert, highlighted in a panel discussion. Allert is the co-founder and CEO of Swedish Algae Factory. Allert founded Swedish Algae Factory to make use of a natural resource that can create sustainable value for society – algae. Swedish Algae Factory have developed a circular economic business model around a group of algae called diatoms. The properties of the diatom are useful in several industries. This material can replace harmful or less efficient chemical substances.
Gravity is another option to save energy in high mountains such as the Himalayas. Sonam Wangchuk diverts water, in the Indian Himalayas, from upstreams above 3,500 metres to lower altitudes. The water is kept frozen through during the winter, near the villages. It melts in early spring when farmers most needed for sowing their crops.
Wangchuk has won many awards worldwide for his invention, which saves and makes water accesible without use of energy. He named his invention the Ice Stupa project for the resemblance of these seasonal artificial glaciers to the stupas Buddhist monuments. These are ubiquitous to the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in India. Wangchuk met with Petra Wadstrom. The Ladakhi engineer would like to bring Solvatten to Ladakh where Solvatten is already present since 2012, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
Solvatten congratulates Petra Wadström on this remarkable honour in recognition of her stunning work in creating Solvatten. Petra is enormously grateful for this recognition and the impecable level of organisation of the Nobel Week Dialogue. “Water is an urgent global issue that requires action. Forums such as Water Matters in the Nobel Week Dialogue are necessary to create partnerships and a proper understanding of such a complex issue. Water global challenges require further discussions and coordinated actions”, Petra says.
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If you give us access to your mobile phone number, such as by SWISH or texting a payment or gift, we may use it to retrieve other personal information such as your name and your address through the companies providing such services services or external address providers .
We also share your personal information with some companies that are independent personal data administrators. The fact that the company is an independent personally responsible means that we are not controlling how the information submitted to the company will be treated. Independent personal data administrators we can share your personal information with are:
Your personal information is stored by Solvatten as long as you are active as a customer or partner. Certain tasks may be saved longer depending on superseding legislation, such as the Swedish Accounting Act.
Your details – such as name, e-mail address, address, phone number and personal / organisation number – are securely stored in our order system, and stored there for up to five years after the last assignment / order. This in order to be able to complete future orders in the smoothest possible way and answer any questions regarding previous orders.
If you have consented to processing through an interest notice to us or subscribed to our newsletter or consent to sending us information to you, we will keep your information as long as you have not unsubscribed.
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You should always be able to feel confident when you leave your personal information to Solvatten. We have taken the security measures needed to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, change and deletion. For example, our data is protected by permission management, anti-virus protection and firewall.
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Solvatten bases the processing of your personal data on a number of legal bases as described below.
We register your personal information in order to fulfil the agreement with you as a customer and partner. We need to communicate with you if your purchase or your contribution is included in the agreement.
Part of the processing of personal data we carry out is based on legitimate interest. This applies, for example, to the processing we conduct to send offers to you and to make profiles such as segmentation of customers in order to send relevant information. If you have made an interest report, we will communicate with you based on a legitimate interest.
If you are not a customer or partner, but only subscribe to our newsletter, we base our processing of personal information with the consent of sending the mail to you. For example, when you enter your e-mail address, you agree that we process your e-mail address and send you our newsletter. You can withdraw your consent to this treatment by unsubscribing from the newsletter.
In order to gain more knowledge about you as a customer or partner in general, and in order to provide relevant communications and offers to you, Solvatten may need to process your information in the future by means of profiling, such as selection or segmentation. It may be that vendors will provide us with profiling information or estimated information about your demographic profile.
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You are entitled to receive the personal data that Solvatten has registered about you (to no cost). Should you request a further registry expiration within 12 months of your initial request, we may charge a fee to cover the costs arising from your request. If you want a registry excerpt, please contact us, contact details under the heading “Contact us” further down this policy. If you wish to have your information corrected contact us. As for your current address, we use the National Booklet as source.
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MatHem’s sunshine story
The 23th of May, MatHem’s customers will be part of something of the greatest importance; clean water. It is a key to better health and development. But for millions of people the lack of clean water is affecting their daily lives and health. Most of those who are affected by water born diseases live where the sun shines in abundance. That is where Solvatten comes in handy.
On 23/5, MatHem donates 1% of the days total turnover to a good cause. In this case, a Solvatten project in Kenya. The funds will make it possible for families living without clean water to have a tool to make safe, hot water at home. So on the 23th of May, MatHem’s customer will help spread sunshine stories and hope for a sustainable future for all. Please shop responsibly.
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För kunder, givare, slutanvändare och övriga intressenter.
Solvatten AB (Solvatten) värnar om dina personuppgifter och strävar efter att behandla och skydda dessa på bästa sätt. Denna integritetspolicy beskriver hur Solvatten hanterar och behandlar dina personuppgifter, i enlighet med EU:s dataskyddsförordning (GDPR, EU Regulation 2016/679), som ersatt personuppgiftslagen (PUL).
Solvatten, org. nr 556706-7318, är personuppgiftsansvarig för behandlingen av de personuppgifter som du lämnar till oss, eller som vi registrerar om dig. Vi ansvarar för att behandlingen sker i enlighet med tillämplig lagstiftning. Information om hur du kontaktar oss finns under rubriken ”Kontakta oss” längre ner i denna policy.
Solvatten, org. nr 556706-7318, är personuppgiftsansvarig för behandlingen av personuppgifterna som du lämnar till oss eller som vi samlar in om dig. Vi ansvarar för att behandlingen sker i enlighet med tillämplig lagstiftning. Information om hur du kontaktar Solvatten finns under rubriken ”Kontakta oss” längre ner i denna policy.
I vilka sammanhang samlar vi in personuppgifter?
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Vilka personuppgifter lämnas vidare och för vilket syfte?
Vid postala utskick, e-postutskick, SMS-utskick, analyser, telemarketingkampanjer och utskick av undersökningar kan vi använda behöva använda oss av underleverantörer. Sådana uppdrag kommer att regleras genom särskilda personuppgiftsbiträdesavtal med leverantörerna.
I vissa fall använder vi data källor som bygger på externa register för att hålla dina uppgifter uppdaterade och upprätthålla en god service och kvalitet i kommunikationen till dig.
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Vi delar även dina personuppgifter med vissa företag som är självständigt personuppgiftsansvariga. Att företaget är självständigt personuppgiftsansvarig innebär att det inte är vi som styr hur informationen som lämnas till företaget ska behandlas. Självständiga personuppgiftsansvariga som vi kan dela dina personuppgifter med är:
Lagring av kunder och samarbetspartners personuppgifter
Dina personuppgifter lagras av Solvatten så länge du är aktiv som kund eller samarbetspartner. Vissa uppgifter kan komma att sparas längre beroende på överordnande lagstiftning såsom bokföringslagen.
Dina uppgifter – såsom namn, e-postadress, adress, telefonnummer och person-/organisationsnummer – finns tryggt förvarade i vårt ordersystem, och lagras där i upp till max fem år efter senast avslutade uppdrag/beställning. Detta för att på smidigast möjliga sätt kunna fullfölja framtida beställningar och besvara eventuella frågor angående tidigare beställningar.
Om du har samtyckt till behandling via en intresseanmälan till oss eller skrivit upp dig på vårt nyhetsbrev eller lämnat ditt medgivande till att vi skickar information till dig så behåller vi dina uppgifter så länge som du inte avregistrerat dig.
Säker behandling av personuppgifter
Du ska alltid kunna känna dig trygg när du lämnar dina personuppgifter till Solvatten. Vi har vidtagit de säkerhetsåtgärder som behövs för att skydda dina personuppgifter mot otillbörlig åtkomst, förändring och radering. Till exempel är vår data skyddad genom behörighetsstyrning, anti-virusskydd och brandvägg.
Rättslig grund för personuppgiftsbehandling
Solvatten baserar behandlingen av dina personuppgifter på ett antal rättsliga grunder som beskrivs nedan.
Vi registrerar dina personuppgifter för att kunna fullgöra avtalet med dig som kund och samarbetspartner. Der sker för att vis ska kunna kommunicera med dig om ditt köp eller ditt bidrag ingår i avtalet.
En del av den behandling av personuppgifter som vi utför baserar vi på berättigat intresse. Detta gäller exempelvis den behandling vi utför för att kunna skicka erbjudanden till dig samt för att göra profileringar såsom segmentering av kunder för att kunna skicka relevant information. Om du har gjort en intresseanmälan kommunicerar vi med dig baserat på ett berättigat intresse.
Om du inte är kund eller samarbetspartner utan endast har skrivit upp dig på vårt nyhetsbrev baserar vi vår behandling av personuppgifter på ett samtycke att få utskicket skickat till dig. När du fyller i exempelvis din e-postadress samtycker du till att vi behandlar din e-postadress och skickar dig vårt nyhetsbrev. Du kan ta tillbaka ditt samtycke till denna behandling genom att avregistrera dig ifrån nyhetsbrevet.
I syfte att få mer kunskap om dig som kund eller samarbetspartner i allmänhet samt för att kunna ge relevant kommunikation och erbjudanden till dig kan Solvatten i framtiden komma att behöva behandla dina uppgifter genom s.k. profilering, som exempelvis selektering eller segmentering. Det kan då förekomma att leverantörer kommer förse oss med profileringsinformation eller uppskattad information om din demografiska profil.
Rättigheter som registrerad
Du har rätt att kostnadsfritt få ett registerutdrag över de personuppgifter som Solvatten har sparade om dig. Skulle du begära ytterligare ett registerutdrag inom 12 månader från din första begäran kan vi komma att ta ut en avgift för att täcka de kostnader som uppkommer på grund av din begäran. Om du vill ha ett registerutdrag kan du kontakta oss, kontaktuppgifter finns under rubriken ”Kontakta oss” längre ner i denna policy. Du kan när du vill begära att få dina uppgifter rättade i Solvattens register genom att kontakta oss. När det gäller din aktuella adress så använder vi oss av folkbokföringen som källa.
Rätten att bli borttagen
Du kan när du vill be om att bli borttagen ur Solvattens register genom att kontakta oss. Även om du begärt att vi tar bort dina uppgifter kan det finnas lagkrav som kräver att vi behåller dem. Men då får uppgifterna hanteras endast i det syfte som anges i den lag som förhindrar borttagandet.
Rätt att invända mot direkt marknadsföring
Om du inte vill att vi behandlar dina personuppgifter för direkt marknadsföring, inklusive profilering i detta syfte, kan du ta kontakt med oss. När vi mottagit din invändning kommer vi att sluta behandla personuppgifterna för sådant marknadsföringsändamål.
Länkar till andra webbplatser
Denna integritetspolicy avser Solvatten och dess undersidor. Solvatten ansvarar inte för andra webbplatser, som du kan länkas till via solvatten.org, vilket gör att du lämnar domänen solvatten.org. När du länkas till annan webbplats gäller integritetspolicyn för den länkade sidan.
Om du har några frågor om Solvattens integritetspolicy eller dina rättigheter är du välkommen att kontakta oss på något av följande sätt:
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Ändring av denna integritetspolicy
Solvatten kan komma att göra ändringar i denna integritetspolicy. Vid förändringar kommer vi att informera de som är berörda om vilka förändringar som gjorts i policyn. Den senaste versionen av integritetspolicyn finns tillgänglig på solvatten.org.
The UN Environment Assembly (UNEP), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on environmental issues, is now gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, under the overarching theme of pollution. Solvatten, a Swedish social enterprise, is invited to share its experiences in providing safe, hot water in a clean, sustainable and innovative manner.
1.3 billion people lack access to electricity in their homes and nearly 40% of the world’s population rely on fuel wood, and charcoal for domestic use. The same people rely on water sources that cannot be considered safe to drink. Nevertheless. the access to clean air, clean drink water and hygiene are essential human rights.
CALL FOR SYMBIOTIC AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS
The participation of civil society and the private sector is crucial to a successful environment and climate agenda. The UN Environment Assembly acknowledges that in bringing together these diverse stakeholders, it provides a groundbreaking platform for leadership on global environmental policy. Thus, such simple, efficient and low-cost innovation as Solvatten has called the attention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Petra Wadström, Solvatten’s CEO, founder and inventor is in Nairobi for an inspirational week at UNEP headquarters.
“The dependence on firewood and charcoal is not only harmful indoor air pollution, it is also a major cause of deforestation and bio-diversity loss in the world. We see that families are consistently using Solvatten because of its savings on fuelwood and its convenience. In our project evaluations most users of Solvatten surprisingly enough ranked the access to hot water higher than its purifying qualities. But it’s a heavy load to carry so it’s not hard to imagine why, when thinking about it.
Leading by example
Petra also describes Tharaka Nithi County in Kenya where Solvatten is currently developing a project in cooperation with the International Aid Services (IAS), an international non-governmental organization for development and humanitarian relief. The project main objective is to reduce the use of fuel wood consumption, improve women empowerment in the community. For this purpose, a total of 834 Solvatten units were donated to IAS for the benefit of Tharaka community. The preliminary results show a general health improvement of the community members using Solvatten, as well as reduction of fuelwood consumption, less visits to a health clinics, and increased school attendance for girls.
“We are very proud to see that Solvatten is able to address not only one, but several Sustainable Development Goals, for instance, goal 3 (good health and well-being), goal 5 (gender equality and women empowerment) and goal 6 (clean water, better hygiene and sanitation).” Petra said.
Solvatten is a combined portable water treatment and water heater system, designed for off-grid household use in the developing world. Thanks to its durable design, with an average lifespan of 7-10 years, Solvatten is a low-cost way to get clean and hot water. The patented technology uses direct sunlight to treat and heat water and is able to kill bacteria, viruses and parasites. The result is +75°C water that meets the highest World Health Organization (WHO) requirements for safe drinking water. As a positive side-effect, by using Solvatten less time and fuel wood is needed for other domestic chores like washing and hygiene.
Cross-sectorial innovations such Solvatten are key for a safer and sustainable planet. We hope that Petra will continue to inspire and encourage more organizations to go beyond business as usual and really make a difference. Lycka till, Petra!
Written by Analice Martins.
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It is the last days of this years COP23 in Bonn. Much focus is on how to help people most affected by climate change, get the right tools and technology do help adapt and prepare for future challenges. Read the interview between Analice Martins, independent writer, activist for women’s rights and founder of Internacionalidade and David Wadström discuss how Solvatten can be a tool for companies, organisations and governments to achieve their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. On Green Post.
Here is an excerpt of the interview
STOCKHOLM, Nov.7(Greenpost)– Climate change is a reality and people from developing countries – specially women and children – are suffering the most. How can technology support governments to overcome these challenges? Getting ready for the future. Credit: Solvatten.
Here we have an interview between Analice Martins, independent writer, activist for women’s rights and founder of Internacionalidadeand David Wadström focusing on an innovation called Solvatten. The following is the details of Q and A.
Hej, David! Thanks for having me here! Can you tell me more about Solvatten?
Hej Analice! Sure! Solvatten – which means “Sun Water” in Swedish – is a jerry can that uses solar energy to purify contaminated water. After a few hours exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, specifically UV-B, the water is free from the pathogens that cause diseases such as dysentery, salmonella and cholera. We created a durable design that stands intense heat and sunlight for many years and it has the capacity to process up to 40 liters of water per day, all we need is sunshine!
Sounds very promising! And how is Solvatten addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change?
Billions of people still use firewood to cook, heat and boil water in order to make it cleaner. There are numerous social and environmental consequences of this practice; for instance, burning firewood causes harmful indoor air pollution, releases greenhouse gas emissions, and impact the lives of many girls and women who need to walk dozens of miles every day to fetch water and firewood.
A typical household used to spend up to three hours a day to generate energy to water needs. Solvatten saves time and allow people to pursue more economically productive activities. Additionally, decreasing firewood burns is beneficial to both the household’s members as well as the trees in the local environment.
In which ways is Solvatten supporting governments and organizations to achieve their climate and development goals?
Solvatten is both a short and long-term solution. In the short term, Solvatten is a powerful relief tool for communities affected by natural disasters. Governments and International Organizations can use Solvatten in areas suffering from water contamination. In the long-term, Solvatten has been proven to be a change maker: it empowers women, increases girls’ attendance in schools, changes hygienic behaviors, and transforms its users into true climate heroes! Families have saved thousands of hectares of forest and a million trees by using Solvatten. That is real climate Action!
Solvatten works with governments but also green-minded companies, please tell me more about that?
We work in partnership with governments, local organizations and corporations to provide Solvatten to millions of people living off-grid. Since 2007, we have initiated 45 projects reaching out over 300.000 people living in more than 20 developing countries. For instance, the Solvatten CSR and Climate Project provides companies and partners an opportunity to connect social and environmental impact with their business needs. An increased use of Solvatten can also improve the way a responsible company is doing business in East Africa and other emerging markets. It can really add value to their supply chains in agro-business.
Can you give me an example of a successful partnership?
Yes, good examples are the partnerships we have with sugar and coffee grower cooperatives. Solvatten plays a key role in improving the farmer’s lives at the same time it can be a practical way to offset the carbon emissions that the business contributes to. Solvatten is also being used by corporations like Axfood, International Organization such as the UN-Habitat, and environmental foundations like myclimate.
It’s really inspiring! Now, to finalize, what is your biggest dream?
My dream is to live in a world where everyone has access to safe and clean water, just as we do here in Sweden. I also hope that Solvatten shall inspire other entrepreneurs and innovators to raise their voice and come up with great solutions to address climate change!