Bring back balance in the form of Marie-Stella-Maris

Bring back balance in the form of Marie-Stella-Maris

Nov 15, 2012 |  by  |  Art, Food, Spots
About the author
As a twenty-five year old writer, hummusaddict, night decorator, Master student, secret girlfriend of James Franco and lover of thick books, I totally agree with the saying that wolves don't lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.

We first world residents can have serious discussions about which white beer is the nicest on a sunny terrace day, while on the other side of the planet people are debating who’ll walk to the closest well 173693784 miles away for some smudgy essential bucket of water. It regularly seems odd to me how we treat Mister Planet nowadays. In my on-going search for projects that genuinely look to care and will make a difference in this inequality I present to you: Marie-Stella-Maris.


This groovy named bottled water is fulfilling his dream with a little help from a friend. Their angle of awareness is the business of sharing, in the broadest sense of the word; when you tell stories you share experiences, when you hold the door you share some space and when you buy your mineral water you share some liquid. It’s basically the thought of creating a network (also a main thought with the O foundation), rather than collecting money with nothing in return. To give you a number: 15% of the profit will be invested in projects in third world countries where proper drink water is needed. On their website you have direct insight in the countries and numbers your money goes to, and you can buy it cheaply in almost every Albert Heijn, other grocery stores and even on the road at the BP gas stations. This transparency and the low prices make this super plan a lot more solid than other initiatives.

Marie-Stella-Maris IDFA Café

Do you also always feel like wanting to drink and give water at the same time when you watch a documentary? During IDFA there will be a real Marie-Stella-Maris café right on the Rembrandtplein. You should definitely step by for a bottle and a brainstorm session about what sharing means to you. They’ll be making short portraits about these gatherings between them, you and other visitors, and if you’re lucky you’ll shine on their website. The water café will probably also be the base for the directors, film press and everyone else hanging around IDFA so if you’re ambitious on this level you should certainly step by.

In their recently started mission Marie-Stella-Maris already made some great companions; besides IDFA also the very creative American artist Duke Riley, who mainly works on skin and paper and designed their tattooish logo. Very edgy I would say. But first the small step: care to share and switch today from whatever brand to this miracle liquor.

Marie-Stella-Maris and Café MSM

When: Wednesday 14th till Sunday 25th: during IDFA
Time: Every day from 9am till 1am
Where: Rembrandtplein

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