Greif in Haiti – Where it all Started.packh2o-filled

While in Haiti just after the 2010 earthquake, Greif CEO David Fischer realized that dirty, heavy jerry cans and buckets being used to carry water represented the Achilles’ heel of the effort to provide safe, clean water in the developing world. He knew that his company, Grief, a global leader in industrial packaging with 16,000 employees in 250 locations worldwide, had the expertise to devise a better alternative.

Responding to Fischer’s challenge, a local team created and tested packH2O. Along the way, they worked closely with NGOs to consult with women in Haiti, who were using the water backpack, and with the Clinton Global Initiative and Habitat for Humanity International – until the best possible product was ready for distribution.

Today Greif continues to manufacture the pack and help promote efforts around the world through their corporate social responsibility efforts.


Design Features


Science & Recognition

packh2o-awardsAward Winning Design

  • Pack The Future: Sustainable Plastic Packaging Award (2014)
  • Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum: People’s Design Award (2013)
  • SEED: Honorable Mention for Excellence in Public Interest Design (2013)
  • Popular Science: Best of What’s New (2012)
  • Global Green: Industrial Design Award (2012)

SODIS – Solar to Sanitize the Liner

The packH2O inner liner can be removed and sanitized in the sun, a health benefit that is not possible when water is carried in jerry cans or buckets. In a study by leading scientific nonprofit Battelle, sanitizing the packH2O liner in the sun removed E.Coli from the liner nearly as effectively as chlorination.

How to Correctly Use the packH2O Water Backpack

How to correctly use the packh20 water backpack

Interested in learning how to properly use the packH2O Backpack? Watch this video.


Be Part of The Solution

Start today by contributing to one of our charitable partners or connecting with the packH2O Team to find a way to amplify our message and get more packs into areas of need.