UNIQLO x Charity: Water

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UNIQLO x Charity: Water

Beginning November 18, 2019, UNIQLO will change our shopping bag policies in an effort to reduce our company’s impact on the environment and increase the sustainability of our operations.

In addition to eliminating all plastic shopping bags from our stores, we’re charging 10 cents per paper shopping bag and have pledged to donate 5 cents from every bag purchase to our new nonprofit partner, charity: water, to fund clean water projects in Cambodia.


Clean Water


Our Impact


Who is charity: water?

charity: water is a nonprofit orginization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. With a commitment to radical transparency, charity: water uses 100% of public donations to fund clean water projects, and relies on the expertise of local partners to implement them sustainably.

Since 2006, with the help of more than one million supporters, charity: water has funded over 44,000 clean water projects and brought clean and safe water to more than 10 million people around the world.


Clean Water Changes Everything

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Around 297,000 children under the age of five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by inadequate water and sanitation.

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Less time collecting water means more time in class. Clean water and proper toilets in schools also mean that teenage girls don’t have to stay home for a week out of every month.

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Women Empowerment

When a community gets clean water, women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses, improve their homes, and take charge of their own futures.

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Economic Growth

Every $1 invested in clean water can yield $4–$12 in economic returns, depending on the region and type of project.


What Our Donations Will Support

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In rural Cambodia, where nearly 80% of the population resides, safe water is hard to find. Since 2009, charity: water has partnered with Clear Cambodia to fund water-purifying BioSand Filters (BSF).


Total Population


Lack access to clean water


Lack basic access to sanitation


Our Impact

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General Update November 2020

Charity: water founder Scott Harrison talks to us about how his organization is helping us to deliver clean water to 14,000 people in India, Cambodia, Malawi and Madagascar.

General Update March 2020

1. Funded over 51,000 clean water projects.

2. Brought clean water to over 11 million people.

3. $40 is the average cost to bring clean water to one person.

3a. Price has increased from $30 to $40 because the communities that haven’t been reached yet are becoming more remote and less populous.

3b. Investing in higher quality projects that are more sustainable.

4. 785 million people lack access to clean water.

4a. Having access to clean water means that it takes 30 minutes round-trip to get to the water source.


To learn more about charity: water and donate directly, visit charitywater.org/uniqlousa