Ariel Schwartz

Savior Bud Device Produces Drinking Water from Tree Leaves

by , 10/29/09

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Drinking water is all around us — if we know where to look. The Giving Tree-inspired Savior Bud designed by Seol Ah Sun and Kim Hyo Jin is a portable device that attaches to tree leaves and slowly collects water. After four hours, a full cup of water is ready for drinking.

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Just turn the handle at the tip of the Savior Bud, and voila, water drips down for consumption. The device’s silicone rubber body ensures that it stays resistant to heat, cold, and corrosion. Of course, users still drink at their own peril — the Savior Bud doesn’t include a filter.

No word on how much the Savior Bud might cost, but the device’s designers imagine it will be cheap enough for use in drinking water-starved African countries.

Yanko Design via Ecofriend

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3 Comments

  1. elintripido October 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    And I wonder what would be the consequences for the tree/plant. The overheating and high humidity is likely to kill the stem. You’ll get the water in 4 hours (depending on the species I guess) but what are the long term consequences for the trees? Is this increasing defoliation and ultimately deserfification in the area? I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, not at all, I just think there is probably a lot of work pending in finding the optimal way to use this…

  2. Zafera October 30, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I commend the inventors. It’s practical, beautiful, useful and desperately needed all over the world.

  3. Tivoni October 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    pretty design but wouldn’t a plastic bag do the same?

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