#79: crowdfunding the drinkable book

Task #79 of 101 in 1001 is to invest in a kickstarter type project. There are so many opportunities to take part in a crowdfunding project nowadays, from books, films, music to gadgets, food trucks and medical needs. I’ve been looking for something worthwhile and noticed this one that has received some press lately.

We take clean water so much for granted. There is a big water problem in some parts of the world, where the water is contaminated and full of bacteria.

The Drinkable Book was developed by Dr Theresa Dankovich together with a team of scientists and engineers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia and designed by typographer Brian Bartside for non-profit organization WATERisLIFE. Each book is about an inch thick with 20 pages. The paper is embedded with silver nanoparticles which kills microbes; each sheet can filter up to 100 litres of water.


The pAge technology has been tested in South Africa on a small scale. The team are crowdfunding to make 1000 drinkable books to test in Ghana and other parts of the developing world. Although each book only costs about 10cents to make, the goal is $20,000 to include scaling up, equipment and travel costs to field sites. Only a few more days to go, for a $50 donation, I get a square pAge and a water bottle, neat.