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DIY Oil-Detecting Kits

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

— October 8, 2014 — Eco
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.
Trend Themes
1. DIY Oil-detecting Kits - The rise of DIY oil-detecting Kits presents an opportunity for consumer electronics and education industries to take part.
2. Crowdfunding for Environmental Solutions - The success of Pubic Lab and their homebrew oil testing kit highlights the need for green initiatives and the potential rewards of crowdfunding for innovation.
3. Community Driven Environmental Activism - The DIY oil-detecting kits will enable communities to identify, monitor the source of and resolve environmental pollution, resulting in a potential opportunity for green organizations and government agencies.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The production of low-cost, user-friendly environmental monitoring devices such as DIY oil-detecting kits presents an opportunity for consumer electronics manufacturers.
2. Education - DIY oil-detecting kits can be used for classroom settings, encouraging the development of science education curriculum while promoting environmental literacy among students.
3. Green Initiatives - With public labs homebrew oil testing kit, crowd-funding can be leveraged to innovate and fund solutions to environmental problems resulting in an opportunity for the green sector.
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