Imagine you're stuck with no clean water. You'd want this new paper.

Give a man a bottle of water, he drinks clean water for a day.

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Give a man The Drinkable Book, he drinks clean water for four years.

750 million people around the world don't have access to clean water — that's 1 out of every 9 people. As a result, more than 3.4 million people die every year from diseases caused by bacteria in water. That's a lot of preventable deaths.

Which is why Dr. Theresa Dankovich, the chemist who's behind The Drinkable Book, has spent years committed to finding a fix. When ad agency DDB introduced her to the organization Water Is Life, a beautiful relationship was born.

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This groundbreaking book puts a life-saving solution directly in the hands of people who need it most.

It's functional.

The pages are coated in silver nanoparticles that kill 99.9% of bacteria like typhoid, cholera, and E. coli. Every page you tear from the book serves as a filter that you place in a pan (which doubles as the book's case). Pour contaminated water through the filtered pan, and what comes out is safe, drinkable water. How cool is that?

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It's educational. And multilingual.

On each page of the book are tips on simple measures (printed in food-grade ink) that folks can take to decrease the chances of contamination and ensure drinking water is clean. You can only use the pages once, but the knowledge they give can last forever.

It plays well with others.

You might have noticed that the world is really ... big. And diverse. With so many different types of people, languages, diseases, land, and water, it's not always a sure bet that one solution can work across the board. But this book is tackling differences. From tests in South Africa to Ghana and Bangladesh, the pages are getting the job done.

And it doesn't break the bank!

In a world where 20% of people live on less than $1 a day, an affordable solution is vital. Fortunately, the creators of the book say it costs only pennies to produce — ensuring that cost won't be a barrier to its use.

It's almost like this book can do it all ... except pay for itself.

The Drinkable Book has proven to be a game-changer. But the folks behind it need the resources to amp up production so they can get it in the hands of the people who need it around the world.

That's why the creator of the The Drinkable Book and Water Is Life teamed up to ask for help through Indiegogo.

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But while many consumers are interested in spending their money on products that are more sustainable, few actually follow through. An article in the 2019 issue of Harvard Business Review revealed that 65% of consumers said they want to buy purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability, but only about 26% actually do so. It's unclear where this intention gap comes from, but thankfully it's getting more convenient to shop sustainably from many of the retailers you already support.

Amazon recently introduced Climate Pledge Friendly, "a new program to help make it easy for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products." When you're browsing Amazon, a Climate Pledge Friendly label will appear on more than 45,000 products to signify they have one or more different sustainability certifications which "help preserve the natural world, reducing the carbon footprint of shipments to customers," according to the online retailer.

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When journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones published her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project for The New York Times, some backlash was inevitable. Instead of telling the story of America's creation through the eyes of the colonial architects of our system of government, Hannah-Jones retold it through the eyes of the enslaved Africans who were forced to help build the nation without reaping the benefits of democracy. Though a couple of historical inaccuracies have had to be clarified and corrected, the 1619 Project is groundbreaking, in that it helps give voice to a history that has long been overlooked and underrepresented in our education system.

The 1776 Report, in turn, is a blaring call to return to the whitewashed curriculums that silence that voice.

In September of last year, President Trump blasted the 1619 Project, which he called "toxic propaganda" and "ideological poison" that "will destroy our country." He subsequently created a commission to tell the story of America's founding the way he wanted it told—in the form of a "patriotic education" with all of the dog whistles that that phrase entails.

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Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

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Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.