Drink Your Drainwater!

Many people use eco-friendly shampoos and soaps to ensure nothing harmful is being washed into groundwater. But who'd have thought you could take that runoff spiraling down the shower drain, pour it in a glass, and drink it?

By putting plants such as reeds and
rushes in the bottom of a shower prototype, designers Jun Yasumoto, Vincent Vandenbrouck, Olivier Pigasse, and Alban Le Henry found the water, passing through the plant filters and other manmade filters, comes out crystal clear and ready-to-drink.

The Daily Mail has a whole feature piece on this contraption, complete with design plans for some ambitious Better Farmers to try their hands at:

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.