The Public Lab Homebrew Oil Testing Kit Will Help Identify Oil Spills

By: Alyson Wyers - Oct 8, 2014
References: kickstarter & fastcoexist
This kit hopes to help anyone solve oil spills and hold responsible parties accountable. From Public Lab, the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit is a DIY chemistry set that identifies where pollutants are coming from. Currently seeking finances via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Public Lab improved their experimental open source kit after a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2012.

Oil spills happen alarmingly often, but it is difficult to prove when contamination occurs. This is where the oil testing kit comes in. Public Lab hopes their product will encourage people to ask questions, especially concerning exposure. By being involved in the process and possessing the tools to identify the pollutants' source, the general public can be active in addressing the issue rather than be a victim or protestor. This will also increase the change perpetrators will be held accountable.