Are we running out of water?
Egypt suffers from a water shortage of about 30 billion cubic meters, as the country requires about 90 billion cubic meters annually in order to satisfy the needs of 90 million residents. Unfortunately, Egypt possesses only about 60 billion cubic meters, 95% of which comes from the Nile River, while the rest comes from nonrenewable water in the desserts.
Although Egypt is fortunate enough to have many water sources coming from the Nile River, the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, and more, it is predicted that the country will face a major water scarcity issue in the coming years. That’s why we have to protect the water we already own and not pollute it with plastic, another major issue we’re facing.
But worry not! Egyptian startups and social enterprises have risen up to the challenge and are taking active steps to preserve our waters. Want to know more about sustainability in Egypt and how to live green? Read our previous article here.
Meet the water-saving heroes, everyone!
Established in May of 2018, Banlastic Egypt is a social enterprise aiming to limit the use of single-use plastic in Egypt, focusing on raising awareness on the dangers of using plastic on the environment. Banlastic offers workshops to raise awareness on the topic for people aging 16-40. Banlastic offers alternative products to single-use plastic like canvas shopping bags.
Most importantly, Banlastic focuses on teaching the dangers of plastic on marine life and regularly arrange for beach clean-up events in the city of Alexandria. Alongside their awareness efforts, the enterprise also works on establishing relations with policymakers in Egypt in an attempt to come up with new policies supporting the ban of plastic in the country.
VeryNile is a one-of-its-kind company and the first social initiative in Egypt that focuses solely on cleaning and protecting the Nile River. They have managed to clean almost 26,500 kilograms of trash from the Nile, how amazing! VeryNile’s main activity is organizing clean-up events of Nile using environmentally friendly solutions to pick up trash from the river. VeryNile is co-founded by two social startups Greenish and Bassita.
We organize awareness events and online campaigns in an effort to encourage everyone to protect our rivers and oceans.#Cleaning_The_Nile_One_Kilo_At_A_time
Besides cleanups, VeryNile organizes awareness campaigns and workshops, in addition to establishing ties with fishermen, and eco-friendly organizations to clean and protect the Nile from Aswan all the way to Cairo.
VeryNile aims to organize water sources cleanups in six governorates, including Cairo and Giza. Interestingly, VeryNile will use their own “special” boat to clean up the Nile. The boat will be built in collaboration with local engineers, who will install solar panels and windmills to run the boat, also in an attempt to raise awareness on clean fuel and protecting the environment.
Alongside collecting trash and harmful material from the Nile, the boat will sail across many villages educating the people on the harmful materials thrown in the River and its negative effects on their lives.
VeryNile initiative also plans on collaborating with fishermen and garbage collectors in Egypt. In order to sustain a beneficial cleanup system, the company is building a new recyclables market that will generate financial gains to all sides involved in the processes of the Nile cleanups.
We partner with fishermen to collect trash on a daily basis. We provide them with extra revenue for every kilo of trash they remove from the river.#Cleaning_The_Nile_One_Kilo_At_A_time
Finally, It is worthy to mention that initiatives like Save Egypt’s Water are raising awareness on the dangers of wasting water in Egypt. Save Egypt’s Water organizes workshops and events to spread awareness on the epidemic, warning the less educated population of the dangers of wasting water and its effect on their future and the future of Egypt’s water. The initiative’s posts on social media platforms focus on warning against the negative habits of some Egyptian residence like wasting water on washing cars, leaving taps open, throwing full water bottles and so on.
These inspiring startups are considered to be a beacon of hope amongst the major water crisis we’re facing. If each and every one of us participated, we can make a huge difference!
Do you know of any other initiatives who do this? Please tell us more about them.