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5 Genius Inventions for Cleaner Water Around the World

  1. Ooho

You could have your water and eat it, too.

Ooho is an edible, biodegradable water bottle made from seaweed and a calcium chloride-based membrane. Think of it as a water balloon you can slurp down whole.

Ooho doesn’t center so much around purifying water as on a cleaner environment. According to Container Recycling Institute, more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day.

After watching this video, we’re unsure how leak-proof Ooho is. But a little water on your chin seems worth the massive savings in packaging and energy.

  1. The Drinkable Book

This book is a teaching manual for those who live where clean water is scarce, teaching them about preventing the deadly diseases that may be lurking in their water supply. But it does a lot more than that—its pages are filter paper that sanitizes contaminated water. Talk about multi-tasking!

One Drinkable Book can provide clean drinking water for one person for up to four years.

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  1. Utec’s Water Billboard

We previously blogged about this incredible water-providing billboard, which utilizes Lima, Peru’s 98 percent humidity to draw water out of the air to provide potable drinking water for hundreds of families a month.

Utec has literally pulled water out of thin air. Well, thick air. 98 percent humidity must be like walking around in an invisible ocean.

  1. DryBath

Ludwick Marishane didn’t set out to create a solution for the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t have access to proper water sanitation. He was relaxing with friends in the hot Limpopo sun, when his friend asked him, “Man, why doesn’t someone invent something that you just put on your skin and then you don’t have to bathe?”

It got Marishane thinking, and four years later he introduced DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.

DryBath is creative and useful, but Marishane’s cheerful, upbeat personality in the face of tragedy is perhaps our favorite part of this video. In his research, he found that every year in South America, 8 million people are blinded by Trachoma, an eye disease that can be prevented by frequent face washing.

Instead of intimidating him, these statistics spurred him to create a solution and to even joke a little: “Okay, even if I’m not just doing it for myself and the fact that I don’t want to bathe, I at least need to do it to try and save the world.”

  1. Slingshot

Dean Kamen, known for inventing the Segway, has also created a number of medical tools. Perhaps his greatest invention by far is the Slingshot, inspired by the story of David and Goliath.

For Kamen, the fact that 97% of the world’s drinking water is contaminated became the Goliath he wanted to take down. He set out to mass-produce a small water purifier to help solve the problem on a vast scale.

The problem with a traditional water purifier is the sheer amount of energy necessary to run it, and many areas with contaminated water don’t have ready access to electricity. But Kamen created a closed loop of energy, to create a machine that “runs on less power than a toaster oven.”

The Slingshot can generate 1,000 liters of water per day—enough for a village of a hundred people.

These are just a few of the amazing water purification inventions that exist in the world today, which is a testament to just how massive the water crisis is around the globe.

As Kamen states, “The greatest single health issue the world faces today could be entirely eradicated if you just gave people clean water. That’s equal to getting rid of all the diabetes and all the heart disease and all the cancer and all the Alzheimer’s. Get rid of bad water and you wipe out half of all chronic human disease.”

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