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The alternative to packaged water: the Bottle Made Blue

The introduction of a deposit on small PET bottles is a cause for concern for parties that like to hand out a bottle of water. That has become about 50% more expensive. We developed a very affordable…

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Deposits for clean drinking water at Schiphol Airport

Since this summer, there are more than 70 bins at Schiphol in which you can donate your PET bottle for drinking water. There’s more to it than you think…

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Ethiopia update: Completed succesfully

At the end of 2020, the project Making WASH everybody’s business in Ethiopia was successfully completed. Here you can read everything about the results and the impact of the project.

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Why ‘the best water for the world’

Our solutions are not only most sustainable, they also contribute to a better world, nearby and far away. We’re happy to explain.

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COVID-19: how is Africa coping?

What are the consequences – both positive and negative – of COVID-19 in Africa? And what role is water playing?

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Dutch drink more and more water and more often flavoured

Dutch drink more water and more often flavoured. That may be healthy, but not as good for the environment if it is spring water.

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Vietnam update: construction started

In our project in Vietnam, the start of the construction work has been central in recent months and construction is now underway!

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1 million for water at ánd around schools in Ethiopia

Over the coming three years we will invest no less than 1 million euros in clean drinking water in ánd around schools in Ethiopia.

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Water scarcity: a major future problem

A global water crisis threatens our future. What are the causes and consequences of water scarcity? And can we still turn the tide?

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Vebego companies realised 100 million litres

Vebego was at the cradle of Made Blue in 2014. Various Vebego subsidiaries together have already produced 100 million litres of clean drinking water.

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Update Said: Completion of phase 2

Phase 2 of this innovative project has been completed and much has been achieved and learned. Here you can read a summary of the results.

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Blycolin reaches milestone of 100 million litres

Blycolin mirrors amount of water that is required for washing the linen in its own laundries, one litre for one litre, via Made Blue.

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Why a water dispenser at work is not sustainable

A water dispenser is a great system for chilled water, you might think. However, there are cheaper and more sustainable alternatives.

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Our meter reading on World Water Day 2021

We are announcing our meter reading on World Water Day this year. How many liters of clean drinking water have we been able to realize since our start?

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Hoog Catharijne opens biggest watertap in The Netherlands

You can now tap cooled and filtered water in Hoog Catharijne yourself from a water cooler of the Made Blue Foundation.

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What is the difference between mineral water and spring water?

Natural mineral water, water of natural origin, spring water: a small selection of the terms used to sell the product. but what is the difference between the different types of water?

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The 100 million club

We are happy with every donation, but a few ambassadors have each already donated more than 100 million litres of clean drinking water.

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The story of Gadisa Hurisa, 47 years old, from Adama, Ethiopia

Gadisa spent a lot of money and time fetching clean drinking water. Thanks to Made Blue, she can now save and put time into development.

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100,000 people

We have already been able to give more than 100,000 people access to clean drinking water! How much is that actually? And how can we be so sure?

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Mirroring your water footprint

Giving back the water you used or saved? We call this “mirroring your water footprint”. But how does it work?

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Retulp’s Mission Indisposable 2020: this is what it means

Retulp’s Mission Indisposable 2020: 20 million litres of clean drinking water. How are they going to realise this goal?

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Vietnam update: local involvement

The local government and community are closely involved and co-responsible for the sustainability of our project in Vietnam.

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How are things now in Dembiya, Ethiopia?

It has been two years since we completed our project in Dembiya, Ethiopia. How is it there now? And what about other projects?

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Ethiopia update: Unexpected effects

We are working hard in Ethiopia to complete this project according to the so-called bicycle model. Corona has an unexpected effect here.

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Why water is better for your vitality than coffee and tea

Some health gurus claim that coffee and tea would dry you out and argue for drinking several liters of water a day. But what’s true about this? We investigated!

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Made Blue ambassadors win Gaia Green Awards

How proud we can be! No fewer than three hospitality ambassadors of Made Blue were nominated for the Gaia Green Awards this year and two of them went home with a total of three prizes! View the…

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Ethiopia: a personal story

We have been investing in the project “Making water everybody’s business” in Ethiopia for some time now. Genet is one of the benificients and tells her story.

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Hygiene solutions by our ambassadors

The Corona crisis also speeds up development and innovation, as is demonstrated by some of our ambassadors. We list a few examples.

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Why is locally bottled water more sustainable?

Tapping and bottling your own water using a water cooler directly connected to the mains is way more sustainable than serving water bottled in factories.

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How do you put water on the menu?

People are drinking more and more water, also with a flavour. But how do you put it on the menu attractively and with enough margin?

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Update Said: IT and water

The upscaling of Said’s Water Vending Machines is unexpectedly successful and we still have to be patient. You can read about this here.

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i-did shows the impact of textiles via Made Blue

i-did gives used textiles a second life, saving a lot of water that is converted into clean drinking water via Made Blue.

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MADE BLUE helps the fight against plastic pollution

We’re working towards less plastic waste over here, but also in developing countries. Find out about ways to help.

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A water cooler reduces your operations with 60%

If you use a water cooler to tap your own water for your restaurant, it will save you a lot of time compared to serving factory bottled water: up to 60% according to our ambassadors.

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Ethiopia: video report impact journey

In 2020 we traveled to our project ‘Making water everybody’s business’ in Ethiopia together with a group of ambassadors. Watch the video report.

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Why pay for tap water?

Pay for tap water in bars and restaurants? Why? We’ve looked into it and some surprising results came up.

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The IZY Bottle, the easiest thermos flasks to keep your water cool

IZY Bottles is committed to reducing the use of poorly biodegradable products! Each bottle provides 1,000 times as much clean drinking water.

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Vietnam update: responsibilities

The local government and community are closely involved and jointly responsible for the sustainability of the project.

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Ethiopia: Fatema’s story

We have been investing in “Making water everybody’s business” in Ethiopia for some time now. Fatema’s story shows the impact it has.

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Update Said: Selma from Simavi explains

For this innovative project in Tanzania we work together with implementing partner Simavi. Project officer Selma Hilgersom explains in a video what it is all about.

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Ethiopia: Photos impact journey

Last month we visited our water project in Ethiopia with our ambassadors. Here you can read the daily reports and see the most beautiful photos.

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Why save water

Clean water is readily available in most parts of the Western world. However, things are taking a turn. Saving water is more than just common sense.

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Ethiopia update: the first results

Ethiopia is working hard to complete this phase according to the so-called bicycle (FIETS) model. Corona has an unexpected effect here.

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Update Said: the first machine

The installation of the machine is completed – including the solar panels, audio playback function and the lighting to make getting water after sunset safer.

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Vietnam update: training and education

Before water can actually be tapped, a lot has to be done. Here you can read what we have recently done in Vietnam.

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We already invested € 1,000,000!

After five years we can proudly announce that we have already invested 1 million in drinking water and we will double that in the short term.

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Vietnam update: the preparations

There is a lot involved in setting up a water project properly. This is not without reason, because our projects go much further than just establishing a water supply.

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Ethiopia update: a quick start

Since the project started, various local WASH teams have been set up to roll out the project and a baseline measurement has been made.

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