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Students made popsicles from polluted water to show importance of clean water

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Posted at 10:28 PM, Aug 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-05 22:28:00-04

You won’t want to eat these popsicles.

The “treats” contain anything from cigarette butts and bugs to dirt and bottle caps.

Three students from the National Taiwan University of the Arts, Hong Yi-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Zheng Yu-di, made the popsicles from polluted water to highlight the importance of clean water.

"The water comes from 100 different polluted water sources in Taiwan, ranging from rivers to ports to ditches," Hong Yi-chen told CNN.

The color of the popsicles vary, mostly because of industrial dye.

Their creations started as a graduation project, but 100% Polluted Water Popsicles has captured international attention.

The project has been featured in several exhibitions in Taipei, including the Taipei World Trade Center's Young Designers Exhibition 2017, CNN reported.

The treats were purposely made to look appealing, and the students designed them that way to create a sense of shock when looking at the polluted water.

"We had this idea because we believe clean water resources for everyone is a very important thing," said Hong.

The students recreated the popsicles for exhibitions using resin because, well, popsicles melt.

Hong said the resin “preserved the same look as the ice.”

The students also designed custom packaging for each one, complete with the name of the water source and presumed “flavors.”