February 2012 – Hippo water roller selected for Village of Solutions at 6th World Water Forum in France

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Village of Solutions - 6th World Water Forum 2012

We have exciting news! The Hippo Roller is one of 70 selected solutions (from over 1100 solutions) to be exhibited at the Village of Solutions during the 6th World Water Forum from 12-17 March 2012 in Marseille, France – the world’s largest water event.

Hipporoller filled with other products to save on transport costs

Optimising on Transport Costs

The recent transportation of 360 rollers from South Africa to Zambia, is a good example of how we use the drums to optimise on transportation costs. The drums were each filled with 45kg of other products, effectively using them as packaging material during the transport phase, and then once emptied will be used for the original purpose.
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Duke University Symposium: Water and Energy - Improving access through smaill scale solutions

Duke Students Discuss the Hippo

The Hippo Roller was presented to Duke University students at a water and energy symposium held in February. The focus was on improving access through small scale solutions. Luke Vorsterman, our co-ordinator in the USA and Canada, emphasised the importance to think globally and act locally. View Luke’s presentation:

Upcoming Handover Dates

1. Nedbank Foundation will be handing out another 600 x Hippo Water Rollers to another community in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa on the 29th of March 2012.
2. Thebe Foundation together with Travelex, FX Africa and Western Union will be handing out 100+ Hippo Water Rollers to the Nkunzana community located near His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu’s palace in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa on the 20th of April 2012. His Majesty will be distributing the Hippo rollers personally.
3. Collette Vacations, USA will be handing out another 75 x Hippo Water rollers (this is their 4th consecutive donation) to the Kgautswane community located in Limpopo Province, South Africa on the 23rd of April 2012.
4. A number of other handovers are currently being scheduled and will be mentioned in future newsletters.
View reports on previous handovers:

"Dreams of a Faucet" exhibition at Roca Gallery Barcelona

Exhibition in Spain: Dreams of a Faucet

The Hippo Roller is part of the exhibition Dreams of a Faucet: Design with the soul of water at the Roca Gallery Barcelona until 13 May 2012.

The exhibition embraces different viewpoints on how to understand the relationship between water and design; from issues as vital as the shortage of water and the way in which designers solve problems as complex as its drinkability and transportation, to water as part of an object’s creative process.
More information.

SA Eco Design Expo

The Hippo Roller will form part of the full exhibition tour of the Eco Design Initiative in South Africa, scheduled to run from March to December 2012. The first event in this exhibition tour is the Sustainable Design Showcase that will take place at the Cape Town City Hall in March. More details in our next newsletter.


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