And local potters in India have found one way to beat the scorching heat. They make earthenware water filters and small sized refrigerators. They require no power to run and sell like hot cakes. Lets see how they do it:
Earthenware cooling products made by local potters in Badora Village in India do not require electricity and are affordable too.
The water filters and fridges are made from natural materials like clay, coal and cattle feed (bhusi).
Khaduram Chakradari Kumar is a skilled potter who makes his living from producing these earthenware cooling products.
[Khaduram Chakradari Kumar, Local Potter]: Male
"We make filters, and we make them light, thus the mixture of clay is made lighter. We pour water into it and there is a filter like object in it. In the fridge, we make two containers, a small to store edibles and the other to keep water. People undergo training for three months to make these products."
Food kept in an earthen fridge remains fresh for one week and the
earthen water filter keeps water pure and cool.
[Laxmi Sharma, Local Resident]: Female
"I got it from the market at rupees 150 (3.7 dollars) each. We benefit
a lot from these earthenware products as the filter purifies and at the same
time cools the water. Middle class people cannot afford a refrigerator,
therefore we get the earthenware fridge to store vegetables and fruits so that
they stay cool and do not get spoilt."
These earthenware refrigerators and filters are widely used as they require no power and are environmentally friendly.