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October 16, 2021

Go green with filtration system that lets you drink shower water

Environmentalists won’t stop at much to conserve.

They’ve developed a panel you can plunk on your roof to save electricity. They’ve engineered giant, swooping windmills that dot our landscapes and power cities. And they’ve designed the hybrid car that, just earlier this week, we wondered if it had somehow become too  quiet to be safe.

But here’s one eco-conscious idea that, despite the benefits, might take a bit to catch on.

Scientists have designed a filtration system you can use now to drink your own shower water.

(Repeat after me: Drink your own shower water … Drink your own shower water ... Drink your own shower water.)

The eco-shower works presumably in your existing unit with a slight – and we’re guessing expensive – retrofit.

Underneath your regular shower floor, the design allows for a special plant-based filtration system that recycles your water through a mix of traditional filters, sand and live reeds growing under your feet.

According to one designer, the plant system is so effective, no traces of chemicals from any of your soaps or shampoos would remain in the recycled water.

The plant filtration shower isn’t quite ready for the marketplace it seems; there’s no mention of price and it’s still in the prototype phase.

But requests on where to buy the device have apparently rushed in, the exact opposite reaction I imagine a “re-use your discarded underwear to make tea” initiative would warrant.

“(The consumer response) has made us think we should keep on developing this idea and start thinking of ways to integrate it and bring it closer to reality,” designer Jun Yasumoto told the Daily Mail.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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