You know the feeling. You’ve been traipsing around town with your mother/lover/BFF in search of the latest jumper/handcuffs/fancy dress outfit, and now you’re as dehydrated as a sprat on a South Asian beach. But if you, like us, think that forking out £1.20 for a miniscule bottle of mineral water is an outrage (not to mention an unnecessary use of plastic), then check out Give Me Tap. This new scheme maps out over 100 cafés and shops (and counting) that have agreed to give all you lovely people free tap water refills, without the obligation of buying anything. Just make sure you have an empty cup or bottle with you (as cupping your hands and dripping all over their floor is probably frowned upon). Or if you really want to save the world (who doesn’t?), buy yourself a ‘bottle for life’ fromgivemetap.co.uk, which will in turn help fund ‘clean drinking water’ projects in Africa. Tania Ballantine
For more info and to find your nearest refill point see taps.givemetap.co.uk
Buy a GiveMeTap metal water bottle, download the app, and a person in Africa gains access to clean drinking water. Google for Entrepreneurs has played a key role in GiveMeTap’s success from the beginning. It offered Founder Edwin Broni-Mensah a space to build a tight-knit team as well as an opportunity to be mentored by Google.
The Lovie Awards would like to honour Edwin Broni-Mensah with The Lovie Emerging Entrepreneur Award for starting the incredible social enterprise GiveMeTap right from his dorm room at university, and for using the Web to help people get access to clean water.