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Meet Andrew Lee of HYDY

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Lee.

Andrew, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The genesis of our idea comes from a simple reflection: Everyone on Earth should have access to safe drinking water, and it should not come from a plastic bottle. In the United States alone, consumers throw away 1000 used plastic water bottles every second. This translates into approximately $1 billion in annual costs and 50 billion used plastic water bottles each year.

What makes the data more troubling is that only 23% of these bottles are recycled. Filling plastic water bottles, transporting them to the consumer, and dispensing with them after they have been used has an immense carbon footprint and a significant economic impact.

Reducing the use of plastic water bottles would have a substantial effect. Plus, the funds that would be saved could be allocated toward raising awareness about water conservation, providing communities worldwide with better water filtration technologies, promoting anti-pollution efforts, and reducing atmospheric carbon, which would help to ensure that everyone has access to clean drinking water.

The strength of water lies in its adaptability. At HYDY, we believe that people need to draw inspiration from this trait and adjust their lifestyle to the changing environment. Creating a ripple that eventually becomes a powerful and transformational event does not have to be difficult or troublesome. Instead, our belief at HYDY is that, if enough people make a small change on a daily basis, it can have a substantial impact on the future.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When we first designed the water bottle, we were looking for a manufacturer who can produce high quality product that meet our standard. It literally took us a year to travel around south-east Asia and China visited more than 10 manufacturers to find “the perfect one”. It put us in a tough financial position. Half a year later, the cost of material, paper and steel went up about 40% but we insist not to raise the price of our products.

With same concept, we’ve made changes for Water Bottle to promote the idea of “use your own bottle”: a sleek fashion look, an easy carry handle cap, multiple bottle and silicone sleeve color combination, silicone sleeve to protect bottle or furniture damage. All seem small improvements yet create compound effect as a whole. This is what HYDY is made of.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the HYDY story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a team of former product design, science and information technology professionals. The formation of HYDY gave us a platform for making a positive impact on the world in which we live. HYDY allows us to leverage our passion for protecting the environment as well as our professional backgrounds. By helping other people realize that a small change can make a big difference,

HYDY seeks to promote water conservation, reduce the use of plastic water bottles, protect the environment and provide access to safe drinking water, creating a better future for everyone. To fulfill this idea, we figured it has to start with people using their own water bottle and willing to carry a bottle in daily life everywhere, even to shopping. That’s how HYDY thermal water bottle was born; a fashionable, easy-to-carry-around water bottle with changeable silicon sleeve to suit different personality, mood or even outfit.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
We’ve been very lucky along the way. Since HYDY first started, challenges come every day and we always have good solutions or helps from our friends.

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