- Robyn Turk
Uniqlo is helping more than 10,000 people across India, Cambodia,
Malawi and Madagascar attain clean and drinkable water through its
partnership with nonprofit charity: water.
The retailer first partnered with charity: water in 2019, donating
the proceeds of its 10 euro cent fee to consumers for paper bags to
the organization. This initiative has not only helped benefit charity:
water, but has also helped to reduce single-use plastic.
Now, Uniqlo and charity: water have announced their plan to help
benefit those in need of clean and safe drinking water.
The partnership will fund four different clean water solutions:
rainwater harvesting tankas in the Thar Desert in India, bio-sand
filters in homes and schools in Cambodia, large-scale, solar-powered
piped systems in Madagascar and drilled wells with handpumps in the
Dowa District in the central region of Malawi.
“As part of our global efforts to contribute to a better world, we
are pleased to confirm that our partnership with charity: water is
making a positive difference to so many people by giving them access
to clean and drinkable water,” said Jean Shein, global director of
sustainability for Uniqlo’s parent company, Fast Retailing, in a
statement. “This is thanks to our customers who have accepted our new
approach of charging for the paper shopping bag made of recyclable