Three New Green Designs
Stylus highlights three new green designs that use sustainable resources and aim to reduce waste.
- Geopure (from France’s GeoPack Industries) is a portable solar-powered shower that can purify and recycle 50 litres of water up to 50 times before it needs to be replenished. Suited to drought-prone regions, its hefty price tag of $13,000 means it’s most suitable for remote hospitality environments. For other innovations that address water scarcity, see Stylus’ Doing Without Water report.
- Soma, a San Francisco-based start-up, has created a luxury upgrade on the standard water jug filter. Fitting into a glass carafe, the compostable filter is made from Malaysian coconut shells and vegan silk. Launched on online fundraising platform Kickstarter, it was designed in collaboration with renowned designer David Beeman, who develops filtration products for worldwide US coffee chain Starbucks. Customers can sign up for a subscription service to have new filters delivered directly every two months.
- London-based studio Therefore is currently refining its prototype design GravityLight. A weighted bag feeds a generator to power an LED light for up to 30 minutes. The lamp is an alternative to costly and toxic kerosene-powered lamps. Set to become commercially available in 2014, the GravityLight could sell for as little as $5.