Using less plastic and donating drinking water - is that even possible? Together with the Berlin-based start-up share, we make it a reality.
Since February 2020, Deutsche Bahn’s customers have been able to buy sustainable mineral water bottles from share in the on-board bistros of our ICE and IC/EC trains, thereby financing projects to build drinking water wells around the world. The idea of drinking and sharing is simple: For every bottle of share mineral water you buy, one day of drinking water is donated to a person in need, as share uses the proceeds to build or repair drinking water wells and hand pumps. DB purchases around 2.3 million bottles of water from share annually. This allows up to 15 wells to be financed each year - at least one well per month. Together with our customers, we can thus create a permanent water supply for at least 5,000 people every year. Starting in summer 2020, the first wells will be built in Liberia with the aid organization “Action Against Hunger”.
But that's not all. By using the new half-liter reusable bottle, we are also reducing the amount of plastic waste in our trains by around 38 tons a year compared with conventional reusable bottles. This is because share water bottles consist of 35% of plastic bottles that have already been used. We are therefore making a significant contribution to protecting resources.