Introducing The Drinkable Book


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While access to clean water is something we all take for granted, such is not the case for some people in developing countries. According to non-profit organization, Water is Life, one in five children that live in the rural areas of most third world regions die from waterborne diseases, before they turn five. In order to raise awareness of the dire situation, the organization has created numerous campaigns including a poignant video about a four-year-old living out his bucket list. However, their latest effort is going beyond that by actually helping the residents solve the problem - one page at a time! Introducing, the 'Drinkable Book'!

The Drinkable Book, a collaboration between Water is Life, New York-based advertising agency DDB and scientists from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia, is the world's first book that can used to not only learn about safe water practices, but also, create drinkable H20.

That's because the book has been put together using special filter paper that is coated with silver nanoparticles that have the capability to trap the most common waterborne bacteria including cholera, E. coli, and typhoid, the three biggest causes of water-related deaths in developing nations.

To use the scientific filter, owners simply tear out a page, place it inside the designated slot in the custom filter box that accompanies the book, and pour the dirty water through it. In laboratory tests the filter, which costs just pennies to produce, was able to retain 99.99% of the bacteria, resulting in drinking water that is on par with that found in developed countries. The best part is that each filter lasts up to 30 days, and each book, contains enough pages to last four years, making the 'Drinkable Book' a cost-effective solution to save millions of lives annually.

If that is not cool enough, the book also aims to teach users about safe water drinking habits. Accordingly, each page contains beautifully printed nuggets of information like 'Water contamination is usually caused by human waste, animal waste, or garbage'. Another great thing? It is available in numerous languages!


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  • madeleinepanda
    madeleinepandaFriday, January 22, 2021 at 11:48 am
    super awesome!!!!
    • kurz
      kurzFriday, January 22, 2021 at 8:46 am
      I like reading...... I wonder if I would like this!!!
      • rainbowbite
        rainbowbiteSaturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:22 pm
        oh my gosh this is amazing 😍
        • ilovetacoslol
          ilovetacoslolSaturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:12 pm
          This is a great idea!
          • prodancer
            prodancerFriday, January 22, 2021 at 8:58 am
            I hope these things don't cost much cuz I want one for meeeeee
          • athenacat16
            athenacat16Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:47 am
            The world needs this kindness, I am really happy that this can help.
            • chanes_too_cool
              chanes_too_coolTuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:43 am
              Wow this is so cool
              • bsc
                bscTuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:36 am
                Oh wow!
                • fox1568
                  fox1568Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:12 am
                  omg cool
                  • v_the_alien
                    v_the_alienWednesday, August 12, 2020 at 7:07 am
                    how much do these cost? if they are cheap I want to get a bunch and send them to places with dirty water. and i'll keep one in case I need it after a storm or something.
                    • fox1568
                      fox1568Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:13 am
                      That is so kind
                    • abe_009_200
                      abe_009_200Friday, January 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm
                      wow i wonder if they give these out for free o people who have dirty water
                      • athenacat16
                        athenacat16Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:47 am
                        I hope they do.