Another Reason Not to Judge a Book by its Cover


| 6/10/2014 2:01:00 PM


Tags: water, clean water,

water

The 20 pages in The Drinkable Book could save many lives.

Chemist Theresa Dankovich wanted to tackle a global problem from which 3.4 million people die annually – lack of clean water. Since 2008 she has been experimenting with a special type of paper which has silver nanoparticles in it. The paper is formulated to act similarly to a filter and 99.9 percent of bacteria is killed (making it comparable to tap water in the U.S.). 

In a collaboration between Dankovich, Brian Gartside, a designer, and the organization WATERisLIFE, The Drinkable Book was developed. The book consists of 20 filter pages which are a millimeter thick and can last up to a month. The paper can be produced for about 10 cents a page. Each leaf also has information on clean water and sanitation tips. The text is printed with nontoxic ink and will be in different languages depending on where the books are distributed. The cover of the book serves as the filter box. Dankovich commented, “Our main goal is to reduce the spread of diarrheal diseases, which result from drinking water that's been contaminated with things like E. coli and cholera and typhoid. And we think we can help prevent some of these illnesses from even happening."

So far the paper has been tested in South Africa and Dankovich hopes that it can be commercially available by next year.



Photo by zaveqna, licensed under Creative Commons.



Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!




Facebook Instagram Twitter