100 Water Heroes: Abigail & Jamie Forsyth


Founders of KeepCup

Today’s #100WaterHeroes are siblings Abigail and Jamie Forsyth, founders of KeepCup, “the world’s first barista-standard reusable cup.” After launching a Melbourne-based cafe chain in 1998, Abigail and Jamie were shocked to see how much unnecessary waste was produced by disposable packaging. As a solution, they created KeepCup, and now have bases in London and Los Angeles,.

As Managing Director of KeepCup, Abigail has led the company to great heights and furthered the use of reusable coffee cups throughout the world, with their product being sold in over 65 countries. She has also launched Reuse HQ, a section of the KeepCup website that allows users to figure out their personal environmental impact.


In addition to being COO of KeepCup, Jamie is also the Founder and CEO of two other sustainability-focused businesses, Beetbox and Returnr. Beetbox is a lunchbox company that “challeng[es] the inevitability of a poor eating experience when bringing lunch from home or taking away from a café or salad bar.” Offering the world’s first portable glass lunch bowl, Beetbox encourages reusable containers that minimise single-use plastic and packaging waste. Jamie’s other venture is Returnr, an environmental initiative that “aims to replace single use takeaway packaging with equivalent reusable solutions,” and works with cafes to reduce waste.

Abigail and Jamie are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their strong advocacy for a post-disposable world through manufacturing sustainable, appealing products.

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KeepCup Twitter: @KeepCup

100 Water Heroes: Cindy Wallis-Lage

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President, Global Water Business at Black & Veatch

Today we are honouring Cindy Wallis-Lage as one of our #100WaterHeroes. Currently, Cindy is President of Black & Veatch’s water business. Black & Veatch are a engineering, consulting and construction company and, when named president of their water division in 2012, Cindy became the 100-year-old company’s first woman president of a functional division. In addition to being president of their water business, Cindy also serves on Black & Veatch’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Cindy is a highly influential thought leader on Water - she has unified many global players around Sustainable Development Goal 6, as she leads over 2,700 professionals in more than 75 offices throughout the world. Cindy’s expertise in water reuse and treatment are renowned throughout the industry, as she has been involved in over 100 global water projects in both municipal and industrial sectors.

Cindy’s experience in the water sector include being on the Board of Directors for both the US Water Alliance, as well as for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation. Prior to this, Cindy also served as Chief of the Water Technology Group, “a team of technical experts focused on the development, selection and implementation of innovative and sustainable solutions in four treatment process areas – water, wastewater, residuals and operations.”

Cindy is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her expertise in the treatment and reuse of water and wastewater, as well as her longstanding commitment to achieving SDG6.

Twitter: @CWL_BVWater