Ask by Abbott Miller 10/29
Bold, modernist simplicity cuts through the taboo of ordering tap water in this poster from New York Pentagram partner Abbott Miller.
“I was attracted to making a poster for “Ask for tap” due to its incantatory quality, like a steady drop of water filling a glass,” says Abbott. "It reminded me of simply phrased and economically visualized posters for government campaigns from the early twentieth-century. I like the idea of creating an utterly simple icon that could function as a mnemonic device.”
No matter how many rock layers the water has filtered through, or which artesian well in Fiji it was sourced from, bottled water is just a bottled piece of hype. It’s no purer and no cleaner than tap water. It takes ridiculous amounts of energy to process, bottle and transport. Its bottles take almost the same amount of energy again to manufacture. And at 1,000 times the price of tap water, it’s a shocking waste of money. Don’t just ask for tap, beg for it.
Don’t bottle it; hold your head high and ask for tap. And if a UK establishment is selling alcohol, you have the legal right to request tap water for free.
We’re selling this poster printed on FSC paper with sustainable ink for £12 plus VAT, postage and packing with all proceeds going back to the Do The Green Thing charity. You can buy it here.
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Across villages, towns, cities and countries, there is a strong correlation between poverty and gender inequality. We have come to realise that water plays such a significant part of a girl or or a woman’s chances of reducing this inequality and to live a better life.
By having access to clean, safe drinking water close to home, women do not have to venture miles every morning, risking their safety, in order to retrieve the resource. By having access to clean water, countless girls can wake up each day knowing that their sanitation and health will not compromised. Furthermore, by having access to clean water, girls & women have a better chance to utilise time for education and furthering their economic power.
Today, on International Women’s Day, we acknowledge the amazing people who spend day after day fighting for their children and their families with the hope that they will live a better life. Today, we celebrate the Women of the world!
Winter weather giving you the blues? Well here is a silver lining! We’ve heard the voices of you - all our followers - and due to popular demand, GiveMeTap have stripped down to basics, introducing the BRAND NEW silver 500ml reusable water bottle.
Following our social media poll back in 2013, you unanimously voted the slick silver bottle for our third edition to the GiveMeTap family. As with the launch of the hot pink bottle back in 2013, which sold out in 3 days, our stripped down additions are sure to go like hotcakes.
The simple design was also a favourite amongst the start-up community at Google Campus, (where GiveMeTap is based) most of whom picked the understated silver bottle over other variations.
The silver bottle is now available on the GiveMeTap online shop for £12. The bottle acts as your ticket to free water from hundreds of cafes and shops located on our free iPhone App. This means a £12 bottle can save you £300 on bottled water every year!
Stay tuned for another very exciting update, which will make it easier for you to access the GiveMeTap free water network. Watch out for our email in a week or so!
Struggling to find somewhere different to take that special someone? With over 500 cafes, shops and restaurants, we’re here to help you chose. But instead of listing them all (you can find them here), we thought we would suggest our top 5 places to take your date.
All of these venues are part of the GiveMeTap free water network, which makes them awesome!
Gordon’s Wine Bar – The Romantic One
Gordon’s wine bar is a classic date-night location. As the oldest wine-bar in London, it holds the ultimate romantic, candlelit atmosphere away from the cold weather we’ve been having lately. Let’s hope you can book a table!
The Tea Rooms – The Indulgent One
Treat someone special to an afternoon of luxury at the Tea Rooms. Charming and traditional, you are sure to get a sufficient sugar fix from their classic afternoon tea. Definitely a delicious treat.
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The Espresso Room - The First Coffee
Plucking up the courage to ask someone out? Being a Friday, it can be hard to plan something on the day amongst meetings and deadlines so why not ask them for a quick coffee at The Espresso Room. Go on, take the chance!
Book Club - The Quirky One
The Book Club is great to take someone for a breakfast date or even fun night out. With a range of menus and ping pong tables for after, this definitely is a quirky alternative to the classic restaurant.
Beas of Bloomsbury – The Surprise One
For the hopeless romantic who isn’t quite sure what gift to get for Valentines Day. Beas of Bloomsbury will help you out with their awesome (and tasty) love heart cupcakes which are sure to score some brownie points (pun intended!)!
Have Fun, Tappers!
by GiveMeTap’s Sanum Jain
By this time last year, some of my peers at the University of Manchester had secured jobs at reputable corporations while others had launched their first business or started making travel plans. I was somewhere in the middle, like many students in third year – stuck in a limbo of tedious application forms and not knowing what would become of me aftergraduation.
So I decided to assess my skills, pinpoint a particular path and find opportunities. I found that I loved writing and social media. I selected PR as a possible route, and came across a GiveMeTap internship. Little did I know that what I had first approached as work experience to prepare me for a PR office job would become a love affair with social enterprise. I now co-run GiveMeTap, heading all communications, PR and marketing at the grand age of 21.
So why did I decide to stay and work for a small social enterprise instead of applying to large-scale organisations, especially when I’m not an entrepreneur? Mainly, it is the sheer fulfilment and job satisfaction that I feel every single day. Some people get this satisfaction through making money and others through their creative expression. For me, knowing that my work is helping people across the world is enough to make me excited to wake up in the morning.
Secondly, by being part of a small team, your role is constantly morphing and every day is different. One day you may be designing a website and the next day you may be talking to journalists. There is no paper pushing, no ‘cogs in the wheel’ and everything you do is integral to the business. Subsequently, you can grow your talents and develop skills you didn’t think possible. For example, I’ve started to learn code, I’ve engaged in sales activity, and I’ve been involved with supply chain operations.
Many graduates leave university seeking stable, long-term employment from a reputable company instead of taking chances on their true passions. However, that security is not guaranteed; the CIPD have observed that turnover rates for young people (especially those caused by redundancy) are significantly high and increasing due to the economic climate. If risk is already an increased factor in the conventional job market, isn’t that further reason for graduates to take their own risks? This includes joining small business, starting out on their own, and being part of socially conscious ventures.
During my journey, however, I have also learned that even if you choose a route that diverges from that of the corporate world, your paths are sure to cross at some point. Instead of working for a large company, you may find yourself working with them, just as GiveMeTap has many corporate clients who involve us in their supply chain. By engaging with these businesses, there is potential to involve them as a vehicle towards success, while helping them to achieve their own social or environmental goals.
Although the perks and prospects of the corporate lifestyle are undisputed, working for a social enterprise opens the possibility of fulfilling opportunity that many don’t know exists. I believe Generation Y can be the driving force towards a future where sustainability and ethics are at the core of every business. Muster the courage, get into gear, and enjoy the journey.
Still think global warming is a myth? NASA will prove you wrong!
NASA have shared this video of six decades of temperature changes across the Earth as evidence of the real impacts our lifestyles have on the planet.
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BuzzFeed have done it again! Tom Phillips ranks the 14 lines that connect the London dots. Do you agree?
This leads to some slightly weird outcomes. For example:
14. Emirates Air Line
LOL what is this even doing on the map? Go home, Dangleway, you are a cable car, not a train, and the people in this photo are the only ones who have ever used you.
13. Victoria Line
A tease of a line. When it works, it’s a joy (assuming you wanted to go from Brixton to King’s Cross in no time at all). But then you have to deal with the shutdowns, random changes of destination (you wanted to go to Walthamstow? Tough. Make do with Seven Sisters), and the dreaded “being held to regulate the service”. Also: noisier than Black Sabbath and Metallica having a semtex fight. But we still love it.
UPDATE: Approximately three hours after this article was published — with the Victoria Line ranked third on the list — some people at Victoria decided to pour fast-setting concrete into their own signal room, almost entirely shutting the line down for the day. We have therefore regretfully decided to relegate the suddenly non-functional Victoria Line down to 13th for the time being, on the grounds that it doesn’t work and is full of concrete.
Still better than the cable car, though.
12. Northern Line
A hellish coffin of misery. So hot and overcrowded it would be illegal if we were cows, it transports drunk people to Camden and rugby gits from Clapham, except on the regular occasions that large parts of it are shut down.
11. Waterloo & City Line
Less a Tube line, more a conceptual art stunt. It has precisely two stops and is mostly closed. In its defence, it certainly does travel between those two stops pretty quickly during the 37 minutes it’s open on alternating weekdays.
10. Hammersmith & City Line
Once, it was the only way to reach various awkward parts of West London. But ever since the Circle line spiralled out onto its turf, the Rogers & Hammerstein has just felt a bit…superfluous. Everything it does is now done by other lines, except without the inexplicable wait at Edgware Road. Edgware Road is where the promise of a better future goes to die.
9. Circle Line
a) Not even a circle any more b) Somehow still as annoying and prone to delays as it was when it was a circle. A series of weekend shutdowns held loosely together by mystery and frustration.
8. District Line
A slowly trundling caravan of disappointment and crushed ambition. You have such dreams, such hopes, so many amazing places you want to go. Then you end up in Earl’s Court. Also it smells weird because there’s something funny with the brakes.
On the plus side, you get phone signal on most of it! Think of it less like a Tube line, more like a really long bus, and suddenly it all seems a bit better.
7. Piccadilly Line
A solid but unspectacular workhorse of a line that’s effectively just a 44-mile-long extension of the baggage reclaim carousels at Heathrow. Has a certain yeomanlike honesty to it, even though it’s a much slower way of going diagonally across London than the Victoria.
6. Bakerloo Line
An elderly gentleman, once a dapper and dashing young man about town, now slightly reduced in his circumstances but determinedly maintaining his dignity as he shuffles toward his club, where his regular armchair and a carefully folded newspaper await. Retains an air of elegance and charm, even thought it smells slightly of mothballs and decay.
5. Metropolitan Line
The Metropolitan Line feels like another world. It takes you to strange, possibly mythical, faraway places: Amersham, Rickmansworth, Chalfont & Latimer. It has whole zones all to itself. It has an express version that skips loads of stations. It has very nice new trains now. But there’s always the poignant tang of unfulfilled potential when you get on it, of adventure declined — you could go to Zone 9! You really could go to Zone 9!
You will never go to Zone 9.
4. Central Line
The Central Line is unfairly maligned. Yes, it can get overcrowded at commuting time. But you know why that is? Because it goes to loads of great places! And Acton! And it’s really quick! And red’s a nice colour! You can’t deny it: The Central Line is the backbone of London. On the downside, it is also the sweat gland of London.
Hipsters may have preferred it when Shoreditch was underground, but the newly unified Overground has opened up a dazzling world of possible destinations for many Londoners, through the simple trick of gathering up loads of pre-existing lines, adding cool new trains, and drawing an orange line through where they all go. Finchley Road & Frognal! Penge West! Bushey! Also: You now have no excuse not to go to Hackney.
(Except when it’s closed for planned maintenance, obviously.)
2. Jubilee Line
So shiny. So very, very shiny with its shiny shiny stations and shiny trains and shiny suicide prevention barriers. Using the Jubilee Line is like stepping into a sci-fi dystopia, but one of those cool dystopias that you don’t really mind because it’s so stylishly designed. Just imagine how awesome the Jubilee would be if it went to, you know, more exciting places.
1. Docklands Light Railway
IT’S A MAGICAL ROBOT SKYTRAIN FROM THE FUTURE AND YOU CAN SIT IN THE DRIVING SEAT.
Shared via: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/the-definitive-ranking-of-london-tube-lines