The Hope Tree concept is a compelling one that proposes the exploitation of moisture in the air as an untapped source for drinking water. A team of designers from the Zhejiang University have collaborated on this innovative idea to offer a solution to a common problem in many parts of Africa and South America particularly.
In impoverished regions where clean H2O is scarce, this 2013 Red Dot Design Award winner would prove to be a lifesaver. Especially in areas where the temperature difference between day and night is significant, the Hope Tree can harness the dew that will inevitably form along the elaborately pleated surfaces of the accordion-like umbrella. This unique green canopy emulates lush foliage and the stem beneath it resembles a tree trunk. The liquid trickles into this, which houses a water filtration system.
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