“Most importantly, with every Vitaliite water bottle you purchase, an amount of the profit is donated to WaterAid where they build a water pump on behalf of Vitalite for the less fortunate. At the bottom of the water bottle, there is a QR code which if scanned, takes you to the Vitaliite website which shows you water facts and has case studies of the people YOU have been helping. This clever and unique concept not only shows you how you have been helping others but also benefits yourself. It is the best of both worlds, we like to call it – the light at the end of the well!”
Summary: Going to schools in East London, the girls that make up the Vitaliite team, are all too familiar with the high numbers of cycling accidents that occur every year in the capital. They have developed a smart and innovative LED flashing sports bottle that will alert other road users of their presence by increasing their visibility. 40% of the profits will be donated to a water charity to build water pumps abroad for those who don’t have access to clean drinking water. Further still, there’s a QR code on the bottom of each water bottle, which can take you to their website with information on the communities you have helped by purchasing their bottle. When they arrived at the Solutions for the Planet national competition in July 2016, they already had 500 pre-orders! The team won first place in the national competition in 2016. After winning the national competition, they went on to successfully apply to Do It For Real.
Award amount: £500
School: Quwwat Ul Islam School, Newham, London
Region: South East
Impact: Regional, International
Issues: Cycling Safety, Community Development, Relieving Poverty, Access to Basic Utilities