Before Water-to-Go, Dave Shanks and co-founder Cheryl Farrell, headed a textiles company that manufactured and distributed clothing brands across the World. Dave made frequent trips to India, Indonesia and China and was aghast to see ever growing mountains of plastic waste whenever he visited an industrial area. A large contributor to the problem was discarded single-use water bottles.
The company has continued to grow year on year and in a very short time, has not only added distributors and retailers across the World, but also fostered partnerships with a large number of campaigning charities, some of the more recent ones ranging from Malaria No More UK to the African Wildlife Foundation.
Work began on advancing a technology that was originally developed for NASA. From this, the Water-to-Go ‘3-in-1 nanotechnology Filters’ were born! Combining three different technologies, the results were perfect for all outdoor pursuits and travel as... all microbiological contaminants are filtered with up to 99.9999% efficiency (see testing).
Realising that here was a technology that could provide clean healthy water almost anywhere and which could also reduce the environmental damage being done was the motivation to establish the Water-to-Go brand and business. The challenge was, and still is, to create an organization that could positively communicate the benefits to the global marketplace with limited resources.
After investing a large amount of his own money, Dave brought on board a number of individual investors to help develop and grow the business. Many of them offered specialist business skills and experience as well as investment. In 2014, a further tranche of investment was raised by crowdfunding through Crowdcube bringing more financial and a wider skill base into the business.
At the end of 2014, the company launched a new product line the 50cl GO! Bottle aimed at everyday use such as commuters, gym users, sports people and anyone concerned about their health. The aim is to convince consumers to use this product instead of buying expensive bottled water, and thereby reduce the damage to the environment created by single-use plastic bottles. Further new products are planned for the future.
One of our key goals is to support the work of charities and their efforts in supporting the underprivileged. Since we started in 2010, we have supported many different initiatives and worthwhile causes to further our mission and goals.
This can be on support for colleagues who travel abroad and need clean water to allow them to carry out their duties and mission, providing promotion and exposure via our website and social media channels, or donating bottles to various projects in underprivileged communities through referral schemes.
We work together with organisations that share our aims and goals and together we can change the world, one bottle, one person at a time. If you share our goals and would like to work with us, click here or get in touch to find out more.
Ever since we started in 2010, Water-to-Go bottles have been used all over the world by all sorts of people including travellers, outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, backpackers and adventurers to ensure they stay hydrated and single-use plastic free wherever they are.
Have a look at our Customer Testimonials to hear how Water-to-Go gave them peace of mind.View Testimonials
With the holiday season underway, there has been an amazing rise in sales for Water-to-Go bottles – Why? The answer is twofold :- The first reason is that travellers – backpacker/gap year students, families, business people and the retired, are all fed up with carrying and paying for expensive, heavy, bottles of mineral water. The […]Read More
Meet Ed Hewitt… Ed left his well paid job to embark on the trip of a lifetime. Travelling from Bangkok to Birmingham, armed with only a few belongings (including his filtered Water-to-Go bottle) using only local transport and staying with local people! The trip is to raise money for a fantastic cause – Guys Trust […]Read More
“GB team trials for the 2013 international season will take place over the next 3 weeks. And for the first time in 20 years, I will not be on the startline! At the end of 2012 I decided it was time to retire from being a full-time athlete and move onto pastures new. I’ve raced […]Read More