living in a developed country, we often take safe drinking water for granted. elsewhere however, there are still many who aren’t as fortunate. according to WHO, as many as 3.4 million died each year from water-related diseases and to make matter worst, these folks don’t even know that the water available to them is actually not safe for consumption – these are problems which non-profit organization Water is Life aims to eradicate. it is a gargantuan task, no doubt, but with the help of brilliant minds like Dr. Theresa Dankovich, things are looking brighter in terms of providing technology for clean water that are affordable and accessible to developing countries, and at the same time, educating them on safe water habits.
The Drinkable Book is one such technology that takes a stab at these two pressing issues. invented by Dr. Dankovich while undergoing her PhD in Chemistry at McGill University, The Drinkable Book looks more like a beautifully bound coffee table book, but within are pages of ‘pAge’, a bactericidal silver nanoparticle paper that offers a ‘green’ method for cleaning water of harmful bacterias. each piece of pAge is said to be able to eliminate over 99% of bacterias, including e-coli, cholera and more and provides a person with up to 30 days of clean drinking water. this works out to 4 years of clean water for someone from just one book. the ingenuity not only lies behind this groundbreaking technology; Water is Life also takes this opportunity to print educational material on safe drinking using food-grade ink on each paper, enabling this project to kill two birds with one stone.
according to its inventor, The Drinkable Book “cost pennies to produce” making it the cheapest option in the market for safe drinking water while negating the need for costly filtration system and power. of course, The Drinking Book is not quite the The Drinking Book as we see here. this is the result of coming together of design and science which arrives to a pretty package. though we are not sure how this fancy package will be of any help in educating developing countries of the importance of clean water. i mean, you know, packaging is the least of a concern in such an endeavor. nevertheless, it is an effort that deserves to be lauded. keep going for an informative video to learn more about The Drinkable Book. if you think you can help in this charitable cause, do head over to The Drinkable Book crowdfunding campaign and show your support.