Chemists Without Borders


Saturday, April 11, 2015

One person’s half used bar of hotel soap could be another person’s best chance to survive?

On my list of things I could donate that I would consider life saving, I would put blood, organs, bone marrow, even clean water.  Half used bars of hotel soap? That never crossed my mind.  It did to Shawn Seipler, now the CEO of the nonprofit initiative called Clean the World.  According to an article I read, Seipler found that millions of used bars of hotel soap are sent to landfills around the world every day.  This is quite staggering when you think about it.  All that soap gone to waste, while people in developing countries are dying from illnesses that could be avoided, simply by washing their hands.  It is something we take for granted, but can make a big impact in other countries.  After some processing to remove residual bacteria and reform the bars, the soap is ready to go.  Clean the World has since teamed up with Global Soap and has delivered more than 25 million bars to 99 countries.  This is a pretty amazing accomplishment and just goes to show you that the old saying, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”, really is true.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Mussels make superglue?

Nature is so amazing. I heard about this topic on the radio last week and was curious to learn more about it. Even with all the technological advances we have made, humans still pale in comparison to what nature figured out a long time ago.  One such example is the fibers and adhesives that mussels use to attach themselves to objects in the sea.  Their ability to stick to wet surfaces is of particular interest as this may have potential application in medicine for wound closure due to surgery or injury.  This could even include surgeries to unborn babies.  Current chemical adhesives are no match for the salty, wet conditions of the human body. Mussel adhesives are so strong they are able to hold on during waves and storm currents making them a great example to study. Hmm...and here I was just thinking they were a seafood dish.  Check out this article to learn more.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Support Bangladesh Arsenic Education Project on IndieGoGo

Dear friends of Chemists Without Borders,

I am pleased to announce the kickoff of our campaign on IndieGoGo aimed at educating high school students in Bangladesh on the dangers of drinking water contaminated with arsenic. Chemists Without Borders has provided arsenic test kits to six schools in Bangladesh to test the drinking water in their schools and in their surrounding communities. Our goal is to educate the students about arsenic poisoning, which is a critical health issue in Bangladesh and many other parts of the world. For wells that test above the limit of 50 parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic, we plan to work with other organizations to provide for alternative sources of clean drinking water.

Please take a few minutes to take a look at the IndieGoGo site, watch the brief video, and read about the success so far of the project. I am very proud of the work we have done so far, and with your help, we plan to scale up the project to reach more schools, eventually reaching all areas affected by arsenic in Bangladesh and elsewhere. Please feel free to share this information with others in your network who might be interested in the work Chemists Without Borders is doing. We can’t do it without you!

Warmest regards, and best wishes for a peaceful holiday season.


Steve Chambreau
President, Chemists Without Borders

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