When I say “Worst”, I really mean least viewed. Because the topic and content weren’t the worst thing you could’ve possibly read in 2010. There are many other topics that just didn’t make the final cuts that were way more boring.
I believe this was the least read because I just introduced a new category “Blue Sky”, which isn’t strictly related to interior design or making your home more beautiful. The idea came from wanting to seek out organizations that were using design to create extraordinary objects, dwellings,etc. that would improve how we live and more importantly improve the world in some way. This was the time I decided to give back and volunteer at the Furniture Bank, so I was inspired. Maybe if I had tagged it “teabagging” I might have had more readers. 😉
Blue Sky – The Tea Bag solution
We here in North America and especially Canada are very lucky to have the largest amount of fresh water on the planet at our disposal. We take it for granted so much so that what seems to be occupying us is not whether our water is clean but whether it is laden with vitamins or energy boosting chemicals or will it make us “smart”. But for more than a billion people, there is no easily accessible clean drinking water.
And in South Africa, the Stellenbosch University Water Institute’s Hope Project was established in 2010 to address this issue. Professor Eugene Cloete, microbiologist and dean of the Faculty of Science at the university with his brilliant staff have found a solution. By developing a technology that includes carbon and anti-microbial nanofibres, the team created a teabag filter, which is placed in the lid of a specially designed water bottle. Once the water is filtered through this “tea bag” the water becomes potable. The population simply has to replace this inexpensive “tea bag”. Brilliant!