FAQ

The Basics

100% of the profits raised in the Goods for Good campaign will go to Save the Children - to save children’s lives and build better futures.
Right now, one in six children in the world are directly affected by armed conflict. But the thing that’s killing more children than any weapon is the lack of access to clean water. In a conflict zone, clean water can be hard to come by. Water sources have been battered by persistent bombing, and often people can’t access enough fuel or electricity to power their water pumps. But it’s even worse for children. They may have fled their homes in fear, and struggle to find water as they search for somewhere safer. Collecting water may be dangerous due to the presence of armed groups, or sometimes water points can be seized entirely and guarded by men with guns. With the lack of water and the damage to sanitation systems, deadly diseases can quickly spread. These diseases are killing children in their thousands – all for the lack of clean, safe water.
Save the Children does whatever it takes to get clean, safe water to the children that need it. We do this in different ways depending on the situation. Where we can, we fix existing wells, tanks and boreholes, or if this isn’t possible, we build new ones that will last. If fuel is the problem, we can help set up new systems such as solar panels to make sure children can access the water they need. However, we work in some of the world’s most challenging environments – so if it’s not safe enough or stable enough to look at these longer-term solutions, we’ll still do whatever it takes to get clean, safe water into the hands of children that need it. If there’s an existing water source, we might provide water purification tablets so that people can drink it without getting sick. But if this isn’t available, we’ll send water on the back of trucks or provide bottled water if nothing else is available.

For Sellers

This campaign is designed for people who want to do something to help the 1 in 6 children who are directly affected by armed conflict today – but who want to do something a bit different than run a race, hold a bake sale, or ask for sponsorship. Selling Waterless Bottles is a way for you to ask your friends and family to support the cause you believe in, while getting something back for their donation at the same time. In turn, by using their Waterless Bottles, they’ll be helping to promote the campaign, encouraging more people to get involved.
Put simply - because we need you! These days there are a lot of charities all talking about the great work they do, so sometimes it can be hard to be heard. By signing up as a seller in the Goods for Good campaign and asking your friends and family to buy a bottle, you are making a really valuable connection between Save the Children and the people you know. As you are a trusted voice, asking your friends or family to support Save the Children helps us open new conversations, and cut through some of the background noise.
Whether you sell 2 bottles or 20 bottles, every penny counts and we’re grateful for all your efforts. Setting a fundraising target can be really motivating not just for the fundraiser, but to help motivate your friends and family to support you.
This means that your buyer has ticked the ‘remain anonymous’ box when placing their order - meaning we aren’t able to display their information. Don’t worry, their details are safe and they will still receive their order. But we aren’t able to pass this information on due to data protection issues. We know this is frustrating and we’ll be working on this.
Please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk with the details of the problem, and we’ll do our best to get this sorted ASAP.
Please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk with your question, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!
We’re working on this right now ;)
As this is a small two-week trial, we will be producing all the bottles together at the end of the campaign. We expect to be able to ship the bottles around two weeks after the campaign finishes on July 22nd, meaning buyers should receive them in early August. We’re sorry we aren’t able to make this a little quicker while we’re in this trial stage. We’ll send out updates when the bottles are shipped.
Unfortunately not – partly because we won’t have the stock in time, and partly because the campaign has been designed for the bottle orders to be dealt with centrally.
Unfortunately the only way we can take donations for this campaign is through your personal shop page. If you know the buyer well, one workaround is for you to place the order / donation on their behalf. This is something we’ll work on for the future.
If you have a tablet or an iPad, you could use this at your event as a way to sell bottles in the moment. Buyers could place the order there and then, without you having to share the link.

For Buyers

100% of the profits raised in the Goods for Good campaign will go to Save the Children - to save children’s lives and build better futures.
The costs to produce and ship each bottle varies, but as an example: for the £15 Classic bottle, around £5 will cover the cost of the bottle and postage, and at least £10 is a donation to Save the Children. We guarantee that 100% of the profits from Goods for Good campaign will go to Save the Children.

Everyone will have their own reasons for buying a Waterless Bottle – perhaps:

  • You want to support your friend who is signed up as a seller
  • The design makes you smile and will brighten your weekdays
  • You’ve been meaning to buy a reusable water bottle to reduce your single-use plastic waste, or increase your water consumption
  • You want to help promote the campaign by using a Waterless bottle at work or at the gym
  • You enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you’ve helped make a difference for children caught in conflict

Maybe it’s all of the above – but whatever the reason, buying a Waterless Bottle is a great way to support Save the Children, and to get a little something back for your donation too.

In essence, your donation purchases both the empty bottle for yourself, and clean, safe water for children in warzones. This isn’t typical charity merchandise where £1 or 10% of the sale price goes to the cause - and we know you can buy a water bottle cheaper elsewhere. Waterless Bottles have been priced to raise as much money as possible for Save the Children. Why? Because this isn’t just about buying a bottle - the more money raised in this campaign, the more work Save the Children can do to help the one in six children who are directly affected by armed conflict today. So when your friend asks you to buy a bottle, they are asking for your support to help them raise funds to make a difference to children worldwide – not just to buy a bottle.
If your friend is fundraising in the Goods for Good campaign, and you want to support them, you are welcome to make a donation instead of buying a bottle. You’ll find this option on the seller page – every donation is appreciated, large or small!
Please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk and let us know where you heard about the campaign.
As this is a small two-week trial, we will be producing all the bottles together at the end of the campaign. We expect to be able to ship the bottles around two weeks after the campaign finishes on July 22nd, meaning you should receive yours in early August. We’re sorry we aren’t able to make this a little quicker while we’re in this trial stage. We’ll send you an update when the bottles are shipped.
Unfortunately not. Waterless bottles are only available from people who have signed up as sellers in the Goods for Good campaign.
Goods for Good is currently running as a small two week trial. If you’d like to buy a Waterless Bottle, you’ll need to do so before the trial ends on 22nd July 2018.

About the bottles

We have a limited range of bottles available. The details of the range are available on your Seller’s shop page.
The design uses illustrations that were drawn by children who have been directly affected by conflict, and have received help from Save the Children.
In this campaign, we invite you to buy an empty (i.e. ‘waterless’) bottle to help raise money to provide clean water for children caught in conflict. You buy the bottle, kids caught in conflict get the water. That’s why “it’s what’s not inside that counts” – in other words, the water for the children who need it most!
Information on bottle sizes and features is listed on each seller’s individual shop page. If you have a question that isn’t answered there, please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk and we’ll do our best to help!

Troubleshooting

Please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk with the details of the problem, and we’ll do our best to get this sorted ASAP.
Please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk, where we’ll be happy to help answer any questions that aren’t covered here.

About the Trial

One in six children in the world today are directly affected by armed conflict – so the need to raise funds is greater than ever. We know that not everyone wants to run a marathon, so we’ve set out to develop a new and different way for people to fundraise for Save the Children. We want to make this idea as strong as we possibly can before launching it fully, so we are running a two-week trial in which we hope to learn loads.
Yes, absolutely! If you have any concerns, please feel free to call the main supporter care number that you can find on savethechildren.org.uk. They will be happy to confirm this campaign is being run by Save The Children UK (and is not any kind of scam!).
We are currently running a small, two week trial with a limited number of sellers. This trial is designed so that we can learn lots, and make the campaign as strong as it can be before a full launch. Unfortunately we aren’t able to add any more sellers into this two week trial, but we’d love to add you to our list for when we launch properly. Please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk if you’d like to be kept in the loop!
We are testing three slightly different seller pages in this two week trial. If you are a seller and you see another seller page which looks different to yours, please don’t worry. If you are a buyer and see two different seller pages, please don’t worry about this – just support whoever you were planning to support. If you need any more information on the split test, please email goodsforgood@savethechildren.org.uk where we can answer any questions.