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Grow your MO

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blog_noshave_featPut down your razor and grow your MO because it’s No-Shave November! For the whole month, participants will skip the shaving in order to create conversation and raise cancer awareness.

No-Shave November began as a tradition of the Chicagoland Hill family, who lost their father Matt hill to colon cancer in 2007.  Since 2009, the organization has over 2 million dollars to date.

The idea behind No-Shave is that many cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy lose their hair, so we should embrace ours and donate the money we would typically spend on shaving and grooming to raise money for cancer prevention, education, and research.

You can even set up your own fundraising page that your family and friends can contribute to.

S’well is excited to have partnered once again with No-Shave November. We’ve created two moustache bottles and will be donating 20% of each bottle to the organization.

Instagram or tweet a swellfie of you & your new MO and tag @swellbottle & #swellbottle for a chance to win a moustache S’well bottle!

S’well x Water

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It’s summertime and we’re all surrounded by water frequently, whether it be a weekend at the beach, spending time at the neighborhood pool or keeping a S’well bottle full of cold water throughout the day. While we’re all enjoying the wonders of water, it’s important to take a minute to acknowledge that there are still nearly 748 million people in the world that do not have the access to clean water.

S’well knows the importance of water and how it impacts not only our bodies but also communities. That’s why this year S’well supported the U.S Fund for UNICEF Tap Project with a $100,000 donation. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Whether by restoring access to clean water after a disaster or promoting safe hygiene practices in schools and communities, UNICEF is on the ground helping children in need.

Since 1990, UNICEF and its partners have helped more than two billion people gain access to safe drinking water. We still have a way to go but S’well is helping make progress possible. To find out more about how you can get involved visit www.unicefusa.org.

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The S’well Team & City Harvest

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Team S’well had the amazing opportunity to participate in two volunteer food rescues with City Harvest right in our backyard at the Union Square Green Market.

City Harvest discovered 30 years ago that up to 40% of the food produced in the United States goes to waste. They began the food rescue process where they safely recover the surplus of food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, farmers markets, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms, and distribute it to people in need. We met up with the City Harvest team to help the food rescue process. The team was excited to spend time bonding and doing something good together.

We’re so proud to say that in our two trips we collected 155 bags of produce (5,950 lbs) and 30 bags of bread (410 lbs) coming out to a total of 6,360 lbs of food to be delivered within their network of soup kitchens, food pantries and community food programs which help New Yorkers facing hunger.

Home Away from Home

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“I thought I would be aloof in the foreign land. I see I will be home far from home”

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These were Jacqueline Nyangweso’s warm words as she prepared to fly to the United States for the first time. Jacqueline owns a growing business in Kenya and is the award recipient for the prestigious Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentorship Partnership. The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world, who are between the ages of 25-43, with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a month-long program. S’well CEO and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, Sarah Kauss had the pleasure of mentoring Jacqueline. The S’well team welcomed her  into our home for the first two weeks in May, and she quickly became part of the S’well family.

Jacqueline is on a mission to change the lives of women all over Kenya with her microfinance business, Step & Fly. Step & Fly offers small loans to women so they can start their own businesses. She’s created a unique and successful system that includes small-business training and as a result, she boasts a 95% return rate. Through this program, she has helped single and widowed mothers to create businesses that generate enough income to allow them to feed and educate their children.

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Having Jacqueline in our office has taught us that there are a lot of commonalities between Step & Fly and S’well. We have learned that businesses face the same challenges every day, whether you are a water bottle company from New York or a microfinance institution from Kenya.

S’well was able to support Jacqueline in her efforts to learn more about social media platforms, public speaking, data tracking applications, and human resources. But we had some fun along the way, as well. Our team was there with Jacqueline as she experienced her first New York slice, bagels, and even guacamole!

Jacqueline has definitely found her home away from home here at S’well. We just couldn’t resist her positive energy and addictive smile. We’ve learned so much about compassion and community while listening to her tell stories of her business. Even though our new family member is returning back to Kenya, she will always have a place to call home here at S’well.
Check out Step & Fly’s Facebook and Twitter pages and you can read more info about Step & Fly here.

S’well Team Day

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This week, S’well joined forces with 826NYC to volunteer at their Brooklyn location. 826NYC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving and expanding the creative writing skills of NYC students. They achieve this through workshops, tutoring, field trips, and much more. S’well was very grateful to be a part of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” workshop, where we helped schoolchildren to create their own adventure book. Since everyday at S’well has been an adventure, we were very excited to create these books!

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Katie is helping the kids to create their own adventure story

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Charlie and Lana hard at work

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Veronica is inspiring young artists

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Joyce is putting her excellent typing skills to work

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S’well loves stories!

After a fun writing session, we decided that we would check out the fabulous Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store connected to the 826NYC classroom. There they had capes, secret identity kits, and even devillainizers. S’well’s favorite gadget was the cape tester, where we showed off our best superhero moves in the greatest superhero gear.

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D is working the cape tester

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Charlie is enjoying his new cape

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S’well lives by the superhero honor code

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The S’well team is in their favorite capes

This was a fulfilling experience, and we would like to thank all of the other volunteers and staff who make 826NYC possible!