Focus On: Water

The total usable freshwater supply for ecosystems and humans is less than 1% of all freshwater resources. We roundup designs that are water wise.

Rain catchers 

Two innovative ideas use individual rainwater harvesting as a source of clean drinking water.

Filterbrella by Andrew Leinonen provides protection while collecting and filtering rainwater to make it safe to drink. Read more here. 

The Raincatch is a simple but elegant raincoat. But more than just protecting the wearer from the elements, this clever garment is also able to gather the water, purify and store it. Designed by interaction design student Hyeona Yang, the Raincatch allows the wearer to quickly and easily take a sip of water – straight from the coat. Watch the Rain Catch in action here. 

Message in a bottle

Sustainable access to safe and clean drinking water is one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. WHOLE WORLD Water is a new social enterprise that is working specifically to replace high-priced, imported bottled water in hotels with water that has been filtered on-site and that comes in re-useable bottles. Read more here. 

Bottled up 

The Bobble water bottle is a portable, reusable water bottle that filters water using a a carbon filter. The bottle was created by Move Collective and designed by Karim Rashid. He also designed the colourful Bobble water jug. Check out the bottle and matching Bobble water jug here. 

In the bag

The Life Sack is an innovative idea that could give clean drinking water to people in underdeveloped regions of the world. Life Sack, using repurposed grain sacks, is an idea for a new water purifier kit by Korean industrial designers Jung Uk Park, Myeong Hoon Lee and Dae Youl Lee. Read more about the bright idea here. 


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