The Drinkable Book was presented the Design Intelligence Gold Award at a ceremony in Hangzhou, China on Sunday, May 8. The inventor of the book’s water purifying pages, Dr. Theresa Dankovich, accepted the 1M RMB ($153,000) award on behalf of her company, Pittsburgh-based Folia Water, Inc.
“No one should be deprived of clean water, food or other basic needs just because they can’t afford to buy them,” said Dankovich, who collaborated on the Drinkable Book with the nonprofit WaterIsLife. “My commitment is to make clean drinking water accessible at the ‘bottom of the pyramid,’ so that the billion people living in poverty can gain control over their health, their lives and their future.”
The paper is treated with a silver solution that eliminates waterborne diseases by killing 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses. A filter costing about 20 cents can purify up to 100 liters of water, enough for one person for a month. No plug, pump or charger is required and the spent filters are completely recyclable.
During the competition’s live elimination rounds, Dankovich emphasized the importance of clean drinking water.
“People who live on less than $2 per day are facing tremendous challenges in life,” she said. “But if poor communities can have clean drinking water, they will get sick less often. They will be able to show up for work; their children will be able to go to school. The future of these families and communities will be brighter.”
The DIA Gold is the latest in a series of design recognitions for the Drinkable Book, including the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award (Health category) in 2015 and the Gold Lion at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Folia Water, Inc. was founded in early 2016 with the mission of providing clean drinking water to 100 million people at a cost of just pennies a day. The inexpensive, long-lasting, lightweight and low-tech silver-coated paper filters are currently in product development and expected to be commercially available by 2017.
Source: Folia water