Frequently asked questions
How is FreeWater free?
FreeWater is paid for by ads that are printed directly onto eco-friendly cans and cartons. Some advertisers may choose to distribute the product for free while others may choose to sell it. Regardless of the distribution model, ten cents per beverage is donated to charity.
Why BPA free?
The majority of bottled water is contaminated with the chemical BPA. High levels of BPA have been linked to diseases such as hormonal disruption, diabetes, high blood pressure, infertility, breast cancer, and hazardous effects on the brain and behavior of infants and young children.
Why aluminum cans and paper-based cartons?
Looking carefully at the pros and cons of both aluminum cans and paper cartons, we know neither is perfect - but both are far better for the environment than plastic bottles. Our long- term goal is to cultivate, manufacture, fill, and distribute all our beverages in 100% hemp cartons from the same location.
How does your partnership program work?
FreeWater partners are local individuals, businesses, and organizations that are interested in freely distributing FreeWater to their audience. Ideally, FreeWater partners have the ability to line up advertisers and have a distribution location in mind. In that situation, partners can choose the types of advertisements that are printed on the beverages and we will compensate them up to ten cents for each unit they freely distribute. The amount of compensation per beverage is based on several factors, but primarily quantity and location. All orders of 100,000 or more are guaranteed to receive a ten cents per unit commission.
What charities do you donate to?
We are currently contributing our donations to Well Aware (wellawareworld.org). Well Aware is known for drilling quality wells with a higher success rate than any other organization we have researched. If you would like us to contribute to another organization, please contact us and tell us why.
Can I use FreeWater as a fundraising tool?
We will create special partnerships for 501(c)(3) organizations or any other positive community outlets such as church groups, sports programs, and schools. Partners who are using FreeWater as a fundraiser must be able to sell all the ad space themselves and we will contribute between ten and twenty five cents per beverage to the partner depending on the quantity and the price at which the product is sold.
What features are possible when someone scans a QR code?
The possibilities are endless and are only bound by your imagination. Here are just a few examples of special features FreeWater advertisers can offer: collect coupons, watch videos, breaking news, order food, donate now, surveys, register to vote, powerpoint presentations, send or receive value, social media features, humanitarian aid features, military features, VR, AR, XR, or download music, movies, tv shows, video games, and software. We create custom solutions for every brand's needs!
Can I sell FreeWater?
Yes, some people will want to freely distribute FreeWater to their desired audience while others may want to sell FreeWater to their customers. Regardless of the distribution model, our company will always donate ten cents from each beverage to charity.
Will you ship FreeWater to me?
No, as an early-stage startup, shipping a heavy and bulky product like water is very costly. We are currently focusing on distributing FreeWater in the Austin area until we get support from major ad agencies.
What will it take for major ad agencies to support this project?
Just like any other social network, we need to increase our audience size for major ad agencies to back us. We currently have 26,300+ subscribers who want FreeWater and we will need to reach 250k+ to gain their support.
Can I invest in FreeWater?
Yes, we are currently in our SEED round and are accepting investments as small as $10,000. Unlike many startups, we will no longer need to raise money after our Series A and may only raise a Series B if we feel it's important to accelerate ahead of the competition.
Will you offer other free products in the future?
Yes, we are launching a free supermarket / Amazon 2.0, and FreeWater is simply our first product. We have created a handful of processes that will enable the free and profitable distribution of nearly every type of product that can be purchased in COSTCO today. This includes food & beverages, clothing, medicine, computers, transportation, and travel. Each category of product will donate a percentage of its revenue to a different charitable cause.
What are the next products that you plan to offer?
In no particular order:
When do you intend to go public?
Our goal is to distribute 250k units first. After we have proven ourselves, we intend to go public via a new class of digital security.
How can I help FreeWater?
More than just a company, FreeWater is a movement to give everyone on Earth free access to drinking water. Please help us to spread the word by sharing our project on social media and with your friends and family.
What roles are FreeWater currently trying to fill?
A full-stack software developer with mobile app experience to join our team as our full-time CTO.
How much does it cost to advertise?
It depends on several factors:
How long does it take to place an advertising order?
Roughly six weeks from design approval and payment. However, due to global supply chain issues you should always place your order as far in advance as possible if you have a time sensitive project.
How does FreeWater compare to other advertising mediums?
If you didn't know, the Direct Mail industry still has the highest ROI in the USA ad industry. The cost per ten impressions of free floating mail is between $3.50 - $10.00. Meaning, FreeWater ad orders at small quantities are still much cheaper per ten impressions than Direct Mail.
How many beverages have you distributed so far?
We are currently on pace to distribute 50K beverages by the end of 2021 and will distribute a million beverages in 2022.
When is your official media launch?
At SWSW we will be distributing 20K+ beverages at our offical media launch. If you would like to advertise on those beverages, please reach out to us before the end of the year.