At Freewaters® we believe we have a responsibility to do more than create great footwear. As global citizens who love to travel, surf and chase waterfalls, co-founders Eli and Martin have a deep respect for the healing power of water and want to share this with others. From the day we started in 2011, every pair has helped provide clean drinking water to communities in need. Access to clean drinking water should be a fundamental right, not a privilege. Yet globally 1 in 6 people don’t have access to clean and safe water.
Our approach is simple: 1% of net sales goes directly to fund our clean drinking water projects in Haiti, Kenya and the Philippines. Contributions are calculated and donated quarterly based on total global sales of our footwear - including through Zappos! To date we have completed 85 projects globally, improving water access and quality for over 12,000 people.
We partner with grassroots organizations that that are focused on sustainability, respecting and integrating the local communities, who have minimal overhead costs so that the funding goes directly into projects on the ground. We prioritize getting the local community directly involved in the planning, labor, maintenance and education surrounding the project. Clean drinking water is foundational to the health and prosperity of any community. Water borne disease and walking long distances to access water keeps children from going to school and prevents adults from working. So your support has ripple effects that go beyond just water – it has the potential to help lift these communities out of cycles of illness and poverty.
Thank you for your support.