PackH2O Water Backpack to be Showcased at 2nd Annual World Business Council for Sustainable Development US Midwest Meeting
Developed by Greif, Inc. and Impact Economics, PackH2O Currently Helping More than 3,000 Families in Haiti, Guatemala, and Kenya Transport Clean Water Home
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Impact Economics, in partnership with Greif, Inc., (NYSE: GEF, GEF B) will showcase PackH(2)O- a water backpack- at the second annual World Business Council for Sustainable Development (US Midwest) Conference from Aug. 1-2.
PackH(2)O is a low-cost, durable water backpack that addresses the “Achilles’ Heel” of the global clean water challenge – the human transport of clean water from access point to home in developing economies. More than 3,000 families in Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya and Uganda currently use PackH(2)O to easily carry up to 20 liters of clean water from access point to home.
“Water risk is a significant issue for companies – but just getting water home is a daily hardship for more than one billion people worldwide,” said Tony Somers, COO of Impact Economics based in Columbus, Ohio. “Companies committed to sustainability know that solutions like PackH(2)O can help people live better lives and create better health outcomes. We are pleased to partner with Greif to showcase PackH(2)O at the WBCSD [US] Midwest Conference.”
Impact Economics partners with leading NGOs, foundations and mission-oriented organizations to distribute PackH(2)O and to create micro-business opportunities by supporting local communities to assemble PackH(2)O where it is being used.
PackH(2)O has become an easy-to-distribute alternative to jerry cans and buckets, make-shift items that people in developing nations typically use to carry household water. One billion people face the daily hardship of traveling to find water for personal needs. Women and children in developing nations carry household water an average of 3.5 miles per day.
Designed by leading industrial packaging manufacturer Greif, Inc., PackH(2)O is made of flexible polyethylene with a puncture-resistant outer shell and a removable plastic liner that is sanitized by sunlight. The water backpack shifts the weight of the water to the shoulders, relieving the pressure on the head and spine.
PackH(2)O will be demonstrated on Aug. 2 at the WBCSD US Midwest Meeting, which will convene more than 135 sustainability experts from 70 leading organizations, such as Battelle, Clean Water America Alliance, Dow Chemical Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, SC Johnson, Veiola Water, North America and Greif.
About Impact Economics and PackH(2)O
One billion people face the daily hardship of traveling to find water for personal needs. The mission of the social-entrepreneurs at Columbus, Ohio-based Impact Economics is to alleviate the “Achilles’ Heel” of the global clean water challenge. PackH(2)O is designed to ease that burden and help improve and save lives. PackH(2)O is a lightweight, low-cost, durable water backpack that is easing the burden of human water transport in developing countries. PackH(2)O was designed by Greif Inc., Impact Economics LLC and with the help of Greif’s partnerships, The Clinton Global Initiative, ProDev & Partners in Health. Working together, these partners are committed to distribute PackH(2)O to water-stressed regions. Individuals and organizations can help by purchasing a PackH(2)O for other families at www.packH(2)O.com
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