Mmmm...sweaty water

19 July 2013

Would you like a glass of ice cold sweat? Of course you would! Well, just get yourself a special sweaty water machine. All you have to do is fill it with perspiration soaked clothes and the machine will turn all that lovely bodily dampness into water. DELICIOUS!

sweat machine

Actually, the machine is being used in Sweden as part of a Unicef campaign to raise awareness about the lack of clean water in developing countries. So far 1,000 people in Gothenburg have so far ‘taken the dare’ to drink a glass of sweat, and seemed quite happy about it, too.

Engineer Andreas Hammar created the machine using a water purification system invented by a Swedish company called HVR. He said: ‘We use a substance that’s a bit like Goretex that only lets steam through but keeps bacteria, salts, clothing fibres and other substances out.’

He continued: ‘The amount of water it produces depends on how sweaty the person is - but one person's T-shirt typically produces 10ml [0.3oz], roughly a mouthful.’

The only problem is that you need a lot of sweat to produce any water. And unless you follow Eric Pickles around the Sahara with a bucket all day, you’re not going to help the 780,000 million people in the world without access to clean water.

But Hammar says it’s cleaner than the local tap water - and when you think that the stuff that comes out of the tap has been filtered through millions of bowels and bladders, a bit of sweat water is actually a tasty artisan treat.

TOPICS:   Technology   Travel


  • jim
    hmm - well my balls have been very sweaty. not sure i would want to drink that cheesy water tho
  • Zeddy
    Cheesy knob surely? You have smegma on your balls!?
  • Spencer
    780,000 million people huh? (that = 780billion Lucy - the earth only has a population of 7billion) Check that and edit it quick before someone takes the piss...
  • shiftynifty
    Lucy...sweating....gasping....water to cool down
  • Jeebus
    One of the most popular soft drinks in the Far East is called Pocari Sweat...
  • fibbingarchie
    '...and when you think that the stuff that comes out of the tap has been filtered through millions of bowels and bladders...' So what? The air we breathe is farts filtered through billions of intestines.
  • hotmail r.
    @spencer (taking the piss out of an obvious exaggeration = being a dick) Like watching Scary Movie and then being clever and telling your friends that you spotted all the material they copied from Scream, makes you not only a moron for not realising that it's a parody, but also a moron for being a moronic morons moron. You moron.

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