Made Blue and Hotelgift have already reached an impressive milestone together by donating over 116,709,500 liters of clean drinking water - a significant step towards improving water supplies in disadvantaged regions. Hotelgift's ambitious goal of donating 150,000,000 liters of water by the end of 2023 demonstrates its commitment to sustainable tourism and social responsibility.

In this article, you can understand more about the Made Blue/Hotelgift collaboration and what this collaboration means for the future of sustainable travel.

What is the Made Blue Foundation?

From Made Blue's website: Made Blue is an entrepreneurial charity founded in 2014. Made Blue has generated over 10 billion liters of clean water in developing countries on behalf of 400+ companies supporting our mission.

Made Blue's mission contributes to the UN's sustainable development goal of clean water and sanitation for the world.

What is the main idea of sustainable development?

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Sustainability is the key to a better future for our planet. It is a concept that affects not only our present but also future generations. It embodies the idea that we must live as we do today without compromising resources and the environment for future generations.

Sustainable development is not just a trend but a commitment that drives us to make conscious choices, rethink the way we live, and find innovative solutions to protect and preserve the world we live in. It's a journey in which we can and should all play a role - a journey that inspires us to work together to create a more sustainable future.

Sustainable development in everyday life

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Each and everyone can easily act sustainably in their everyday lives. Start by replacing plastic bags with reusable cloth bags and use a stainless steel water bottle instead of disposable plastic bottles. Reduce your energy consumption by turning off lights when you don't need them and switching to LED lights. And remember to choose local and seasonal products when shopping to minimize your carbon footprint. Small changes in your everyday life can make a big difference for our environment - so go ahead, get started today and show that sustainable action can be fun!

Where does our drinking water come from?

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Drinking water in the US comes largely from natural sources such as lakes, rivers and groundwater reservoirs. It undergoes a complex purification process in which pollutants and impurities are removed to ensure the highest quality and safety. But that's not all: an extensive pipeline system ensures that this vital commodity reaches our households reliably and conveniently. Drinking water - a fascinating result of nature and technology!

However, the origin and availability of drinking water varies greatly from region to region around the globe. Here are a few examples:

Groundwater

In many parts of the world, especially in arid regions, drinking water is obtained from groundwater wells. This water comes from underground reservoirs fed by precipitation and located in porous rock layers. Examples include countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

River water

In some regions, drinking water is drawn from rivers. The rivers are used as natural water sources and the water is purified by treatment plants. This is the case, for example, in many cities in the United States.

Precipitation

In countries with sufficient rainfall, rainwater can be collected and purified to provide drinking water. This is often practiced in countries such as New Zealand and parts of Scandinavia.

Desalination

In some regions, especially in arid coastal areas, seawater is purified by desalination plants to provide drinking water. This is common in Israel, Australia, and the Gulf States, for example.

Mountain springs

In mountainous regions, drinking water can be collected from natural mountain springs. This is common, for example, in the Alps in Europe or the Andes in South America.

Recycling and reuse

In some advanced cities and countries, treated wastewater is reused and turned into drinking water. Singapore is a notable example of this.

How much drinking water is there on Earth?

About 97.5% of the water on Earth is salt water, which is present in the oceans and seas. Only about 2.5% of the water on Earth is fresh water, of which, in turn, about 68.7% is bound up as ice in the polar ice caps and glaciers. The remaining freshwater that is accessible to humans, animals and plants is only a tiny fraction of the total amount of water on earth.

Es ist wichtig zu beachten, dass die Verfügbarkeit von Trinkwasser eine große Herausforderung in vielen Teilen der Welt darstellt. Klimawandel, Umweltverschmutzung und Übernutzung von Wasserressourcen können zu Wasserknappheit führen. Daher ist die nachhaltige Bewirtschaftung und der Schutz von Wasserquellen von entscheidender Bedeutung, um sicherzustellen, dass Menschen weltweit Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser haben. Hier kommt unsere Kooperation mit Made Blue ins Spiel.

Made Blue and Hotelgift's collaboration

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The organization Made Blue is dedicated to improving access to clean drinking water in developing countries. Their innovative concept is to fund water projects while reducing the water footprint of companies in the Western world.

Through partnerships with companies such as Hotelgift, funds are raised which are then invested in drinking water projects, giving thousands of people in poorer regions access to clean water. However, this initiative goes far beyond simply making a donation, as it also creates jobs and thus has a broader positive impact on communities worldwide. Made Blue shows how social responsibility and sustainability in business can be linked to create a positive global impact.

Give sustainable gifts with Made Blue and Hotelgift

The cooperation between Hotelgift and Made Blue is a significant initiative to promote sustainable tourism. For every Hotelgift voucher purchased and redeemed, 1,000 liters of water are donated, thus making a valuable contribution to the provision of clean drinking water in developing countries. This partnership shows how companies in the tourism sector can make a real difference by assuming social responsibility while offering travelers the opportunity to have a positive impact on the world.

Learn more about our sustainability efforts.

What is sustainable tourism?

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Sustainable tourism is a form of travel that aims to have a positive impact on a destination's environment, culture, and economy. This approach strives to protect natural resources, support local communities, and make travelers aware of how to travel responsibly to preserve the beauty and integrity of a place for future generations.

Check out some of the sustainable hotels you can book through Hotelgift and give a gift that does good at the same time with Hotelgift.