From the outside, “The Drinkable Book” looks like a normal hard cover book. It’s about 3 cm thick and has 20 pages. But these pages do a lot more than convey information on sanitation. Each page also serves as a water filter, a valuable tool for preventing waterborne illness in the developing world.

The idea started as a pure research project of Theresa Dankovich, a postgraduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the US, and focused on the development of a paper filter with silver nanoparticles which can rid the water of harmful microbes with very little effects on humans.  After some two years of research – first at the University of Virginia and later at the Carnegie Mellon University – the project came up with a one mm thick filter which can reduce the amount of bacteria in contaminated water by 99,9 per cent, the resulting water being comparable to tap water.

The project was presented to WATERisLIFE (WaL), a US NGO specializing in water and sanitation projects for third world countries and even though it still requires some funding to become an industrial project, WaL got interested in it. So much so that DDB New York, its advertising agency, became also involved in the project and together the three parties came up with the idea of the book. The project is not yet fully developed but if all goes well by 2016 we could see the book being produced, and used, on a large scale.

Source: The Huffington Post