As you probably know, we follow eco research and development like the proverbial fly that doesn’t listen. Except that in our case, we’re following a potential revolution, rather than a decaying corpse.
Recently, we found something quite interesting : A product which was entered into the James Dyson award competition. For those who aren’t aware, James Dyson is the British engineer who designed and invented the Dyson vacuum cleaner – the worlds first bagless vacuum cleaner. His Foundation, The James Dyson Foundation was set up in 2002 to inspire young people to become design engineers. Part of how they achieve this is through the James Dyson award, where young people from 18 different countries showcase their designs for a £10,000 development prize. It might also interest you to know that the 2010 winner was a Nigerian, Samuel Adeloju, for his design : Longreach – a device designed to save drowning victims…. and you can watch a video about it here
Now that we’re up to speed, we found another entry into the award, which featured Pure, a portable bottle which filters and sterilizes water in 2 minutes, using UV light. This is a more effective method than chlorine tablets (which we are quite familiar with in Nigeria, actually), because it sterilizes in a shorter time (2 mins) and without the unpleasant aftertaste. We particularly like it because it doesn’t rely on electricity, or batteries and can be operated purely by the hand winding mechanism.
As wonderful as this sounds however, we haven’t been able to find it being produced for the mass market. What we did find however, was a close match – same principle and everything.