Product Design and Strategy

Sift

In developing countries plastic filters litter the same environment they were sent to improve. Sift allows people in local communities to create their own solutions for water filtration.

 

Sift: Sustainable Indigenous Filtration Tools

IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES PLASTIC FILTERS LITTER THE SAME ENVIRONMENT THEY WERE SENT TO IMPROVE.

SIFT ALLOWS PEOPLE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CREATE THEIR OWN SOLUTIONS FOR WATER FILTRATION

 
 
 
 
 
Sawdust
 

A 97% EFFECTIVE WATER FILTER CAN BE MADE BY MAKING A VESSEL OUT OF A MIXTURE OF SAWDUST AND CLAY. THE SAWDUST CHARS AND SHRINKS DURING FIRING, AND THE VESSEL WALLS BECOME SEMI-PORUS CHARCOAL FILTERS.

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filters made in this manner would be 100% Locally sourced, bio-degradable, and economically friendly.

potters in local villages could sell them among their wares, creating a monetary incentive to distribute clean water.

 
 
 

The issue then is not how to send the filter, but how to educate locals on how to make it.

The key is to send a mold that teaches the proper methods, and then slowly falls apart.

Then they would know the method, and create their own designs based on the background of the region.

 
 

After ideation and modelmaking, two designs were chosen that would educate locals on separate filtration methods.

 
 
 

The Droplet filter is meant to teach locals siphon filtration.

Drop it into a bucket of dirty water, start the flow through the tube, and clean water drips into a separate container.

 
 
 

The kettle filter is designed to function similarly to ubiquitous kitchen vessel.

Pour dirty water into the top, and water filters through the lid creating a sealed container of purified water.

 
 

Together the molds would be able to ethically and meaningfully propragate.

An educated area can teach others without interference, spreading solutions to the water crisis without interference.