The Drinkable Book is a brilliant design that not only teaches people about proper water sanitation, but also acts as a physical tool that can be used to kill deadly waterborne diseases. It's made from advanced filter paper that was created as part of a joint effort between McGill University and University of Virginia chemist Dr. Theresa Dankovich. Each page contains two filters that provide clean water for 30 days, and the entire book can provide four years of safe drinking water.
Each of the pages within the book is coated with silver nanoparticles that actively target diseases such as cholera, typhoid and E.coli. Water that passes through the filter is comparable to tap water in the United States, with the amount of bacteria being reduced by as much as 99.99 percent. Using the book is easy as well – it works in a similar fashion to normal coffee filters. Simply tear along the perforation, slide the filter into the 3D printed case, and pour the contaminated water through.
The Drinkable Book project was spearheaded by the non-profit organization Waterislife, along with the help of social creative agency DDB New York. Matt Eastwood, CCO of DDB New York, said, “The Drinkable Book’s filter paper will revolutionize water purification. It costs only pennies to produce, making it by far the cheapest option on the market.”
Not only will the book provide a unique physical tool to help prevent the 3.4 million deaths that occur each year from water related diseases, but it will also act as an important educational tool. The content on each page, printed in food grade ink in both English and Swahili, educates people about safe water habits, and could spread simple, but life saving advice.
Images by DDB New York