Old school, new kid – the drinkable book

One of my long-time favourite web publishers is springwise.com. It’s an international noticeboard of ingenious new projects, large and small – a self-described ‘essential fix of entrepreneurial ideas’.

In its most recent weekly email, springwise included a new invention from the US: the drinkable book.

This imagination-grabbing object mixes science with profound social benefit, design, marketing, and the old school hard-back book. It could prevent millions of deaths around the world, caused by waterborne diseases.

The new kid/modern surprise in the drinkable book? It’s filled with pages that can be used as water filters. The pages/filters also feature printed info (done in food-grade ink) about sanitation and safe water practices.

Pages from the drinkable book
Pages from the drinkable book

The box housing the book doubles as a water container.

Getting ready to filter and store water in the drinkable book's cover box
Getting ready to filter and store water in the drinkable book’s cover box

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‘New York City’ by Ramya Ramana

The Aerogram is an online magazine that shares with its readers a variety of South Asian stories and perspectives.

It’s produced in North America, and was founded by multimedia journalist and writer, Lakshmi Gandhi (@lakshmigandhi); editor and writer, Pavani Yalamanchili (@_pavani); and former copywriter and social media coordinator, Kishwer Vikaas (@phillygrrl), who now works at a public interest law firm. Writer Rohin Guha is a contributing editor.

Earlier this month they shared on Twitter this incredible poetry performance by Ramya Ramana (@Ramyaramana). Ramya is New York’s 2014 Youth Poet Laureate. She was asked to speak at the inauguration of New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, who was sworn into office on 1 January 2014.

Here’s Ramya performing her poem, ‘New York City’, which she wrote for the inauguration:

You can find out more about Ramya Ramana in this interview Pavani Yalamanchili did with her in late November last year, for The Aerogram.

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