Hello BEST members,
When thinking about ways to better our planet, some people often refer
to energy efficiency as a low hanging fruit. In other words, energy
efficiency can one of the easiest ways to reduce one's impact on the
world by, for example, changing things here and there in your home.
However, maybe we've been thinking too 'in-the-box' in terms of things
we can do to become more energy efficient.
In the article "Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing
Countries Cheaply and Sustainably" a scientists is said to have found a
cheap and natural way to purify contaminated water for drinking without
energy guzzling facilities or expensive activated carbon. Cilantro, an
easily grown herb common to Mexico and Southeast Asian cuisine, has the
appropriate structure in its outer cellular wall to remove toxic heavy
metals from drinking water.
In hopes of becoming a more energy efficient planet, our efforts might
be much more successful if we think of simplicity and look to nature to
find our answers.
"Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and
By Lucy Wang
2014 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department
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