Giving Back on Earth Day with Waves For Water + Huckberry

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Happy Tuesday Everyone-

I hope everyone had a wonderful Earth Day. I spent the day with the brands that I love that also focus on the betterment of the earth and I also spent a lot of time outside walking around our property. I can remember the Earth Days of my childhood where I would go to school and they would give us pine tree saplings that we could take home and plant to promote a better earth. Today for this post, I want to talk about a project that Huckberry and Waves For Water are running this week. Huckberry contacted me about this campaign and I instantly said yes because 1- working with brands that focus on the betterment of the earth is my top priority and 2- as a beginning philanthropist, I think this a way to talk about companies who are working tenfold to bring betterment for everyone. Let me explain:

Jon Rose a Huckberry ambassader/ former surf pro turned philanthropist started Water For Waves

The mission is simple: get clean water to every person who needs it.

Access to clean water improves personal and civic well-being, increases overall health, reduces poverty and increases opportunities for education and employment, contributing to the overall advancement of individuals and their communities. We work on the front lines to provide access to clean water through the distribution of portable water filters, the digging and renovating of wells, and the construction of rainwater harvesting and storing systems in places where groundwater is not accessible.

Founded by Jon Rose in 2009 as a way for travelers do what they love and help along the way, Waves For Water launched with a our Courier Program -- a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) distribution network of travelers who carry water filters with them in their luggage, eliminating the distribution challenges faced by philanthropic aid programs. Since then, the Waves For Water programing has touched over 7 million people in more than 27 countries, including Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, Liberia, Mexico, India, and Colombia. The organization was also the first non-profit to team up with a U.S. Military battalion, in an active war zone, to help people in need along the Kunar River in Afghanistan.

In addition to our primary focus around clean water, we coordinate and execute natural disaster relief efforts around the world. Over the past four years, we’ve responded to almost every major global disaster, earthquake or tsunami: in Nepal, Bosnia, Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, Japan, and Chile; in Pakistan, India and Mexico; and on the east coast of the United States with a comprehensive initiative in response to “Superstorm-Sandy."

Do What You Love and Help Along the Way

Waves For Water’s philosophy is rooted in “doing what you love and helping along the way.” It’s about following your heart and plugging purpose into your passion. We encourage people to look at aid-work or humanitarianism as a lifestyle, rather than a component of doing good and giving back. It’s a paradigm shift in the way we currently think: you do what you love - sail, surf, bike, hike, etc.... and then plug in a purpose along the way. Not only does it create a very vital existence, it enhances everything you do.

“Guerilla Humanitarianism”

Guerrilla Humanitarianism is about taking a no - nonsense, stripped down approach to determining the essentials needed to complete a task: you take matters into your own hands, bringing a solution directly to a problem, under the radar and around the red tape. Encouraged by the proven efficiency of this model, Waves For Water is focused on effecting a global change, one that addresses the challenges faced by philanthropic initiatives in a more decentralized way.

Help the Helpers

Based on our experience of developing and empowering local networks, Waves For Water partners with organizations, corporations, and/or individuals to implement our programs through those who choose to use their skills to step up and take on leadership roles in their respective communities. This process enables us to truly connect with people, establish a sense of trust and rapport, and provide a high level of individual attention and personal care to all of our projects. It’s our belief that collectively we have the ability to stand as one.

Huckberry has teamed up with Artist Thomas Campbell and Waves For Water to create this limited edition Earth Week Tshirt. All the proceeds from this exclusive graphic tee will go to his non-profit. Additionally, one dollar from every sale between April 22-April 27 will go to Waves for Water. If you’d to get a shirt, here’s the LINK. It’s extremely soft and I love the design on the front. It instantly takes me back to my printmaking days and my film photography days.


If you’d like to check out more at Water For Waves here are their links.

Website + Facebook + Twitter + Instagram

Thomas Campbell’s Social Media:

Website + Instagram

Also check out Huckberry’s social media down below.

Website + Instagram + Facebook + Twitter + Youtube + Dwell + Spotify


Photos: Amy Krupp

Cheers ~

-Ty