Access to clean water for all has been a controversial topic of conversation. Although it may seem like a human right, many people — including those in the United States — are dealing with an entirely different situation. It's nothing close to sanitary.
The city of Flint, Michigan has been the spotlight of a media frenzy, and it's all due to its contaminated water supply — deemed not safe enough for the elderly or young children to drink. It's been years of murky, disgusting water, and it's not even close to being fixed.
Chocked full of harmful contaminants since the 1970's such as fecal coliform bacteria, oils, and other toxic substances, the river became Flint's main water source in 2014. This health and environmental crisis shed light on the constant deterioration of our environment, and one project conducted by three students in Taiwan furthered proved this fact.
Although this may appear to be a popsicle straight from the ice cream man on a hot day, it's nothing of the sort. Its contents are nowhere near sweet, but more of the bitter and utterly vile variety. It's far from refreshing, but it's super telling about our environment.
5. These Pops Are Made From Water Sources In Taiwan
You read that correctly. These oddly-colored popsicles are made from the sewage found in many of Taiwan's water sources. This will give you a clear idea of the type of water pollution present throughout Taiwan, in the form of a less than delectable snack. These interesting pops are part of a project with a lot of meaning behind it.
These popsicles were handcrafted by three students at the National Taiwan University of Arts, and they come from 100 different sources of water throughout Taiwan. The water was collected and frozen into these toxic treats, and the students had a distinct process for preserving these pops.
7. The Three Students Recreated These Toxic Treats
The water collected from lakes, rivers, and beaches was first frozen. Students Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti then preserved the water and its contents in polyester resin. The results? A popsicle of epic environmental proportions.
Some hues of blue, purple, or pink actually resemble some sort of tasty popsicle treat, but the majority of the toxic pops are hues of brown and yellow. These pops really get their taste and color from alarmingly toxic chemicals.
9. Harmful Chemicals Are A Huge Part Of These Pops
Other than the water being obviously murky and dirty, the samples collected contained alarming amounts of heavy metals and other toxic waste — including arsenic, lead, and mercury. The contents of these popsicles are even more revealing than the color.
These popsicles contain a variety of everyday items left behind in rivers and lakes. Some of the main ingredients include bottles, plastic bags, bottle caps, and chopstick wrappers. None of these things are deemed biodegradable, and it's no surprise they are left drifting in Taiwan's waterways.
The Polluted Water Popsicles project is definitely trying to turn your stomach — in the best way possible. This project is definitely elaborate, and the students didn't just stop at creating these tasty treats. They took it one step further.
To further classify their findings, the three students made 100 individual wrappers for each popsicle. Each wrapper represents the region the water sample was taken from, further pointing out that pollution is most definitely a problem — from coast to coast.
The in-depth pictures of the pops — taken by Hung I-Chen, one of the students involved in the project, are as real as it gets when it comes to facing pollution. These terrifying treats don't lie. Our planet is in serious trouble.
14. It's An Advertisement For Pollution Prevention
The entire project aims to shed a light on the damage we are doing to the environment through unnecessary pollution. Ninety-percent of the garbage found in these pops involves plastic, and that is simply outrageous. It starts by taking responsibility and picking up after ourselves.