According to the UNHCR, there are 82.4 million refugees in the world (data from 2020). From food to supplies, refugees require everyday items, that they are not able to carry enough of. Potable water, is without doubt the most precious of the necessities. Around 41% of the refugees worldwide don’t have access to safe drinking water (SOS Children’s Village, 2019).
Designer Edward Hardy has come up with Pura, a product that provides safe water to the users in need. The design uses existing filtration technology and would be distributed as a part of a charity aid scheme. Hardy worked on several models and prototypes, exploring the most suitable forms for users with a varying range of grip sizes.
The water filter by WaterToGo, is a 3-in-one water filter, designed for their range of BPA-free water bottles. They remove 99.99% of microbiological contaminants in water as well as harmful chemicals and heavy metals. Once water passes through the filer, it is stored in the filtration chamber.
The product uses orange foam and 3d-printed components to develop a mouthpiece and finalise the grip on outer-shell. The silicone straw delivers clean water to the mouthpiece from the filtration chamber. The straw is sealed when the handles rotates to close the mouthpiece. The products was tested to ensure comfort of the user as well as ease of transportation.
The packaging made from 100% recycled cardboard contains the instructions for filling the Pura and replacing the filter. The instructions are conveyed via infographics, which eliminates any language barrier. The printing process uses soy-based ink making it easier to recycle. The minimal and responsible design of the packaging, reduces cost and environmental impact.
Pura will be working in tandem with a recycling scheme that would sort local recycled bottles and provide the users with convenient drinking vessels.