Two master’s students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Joshua Noble and Hyeona Yang, have designed a jacket that enables the wearer to store and filter rainwater that is safe to drink on their backs. It even comes with a straw!
The project was inspired by the UN’s projection that by 2025 1.8 billion people will live in areas where water is in short supply.
The jacket is made of plastic and purifies the water via iodine and charcoal filters that can easily be changed. The purified rainwater is distributed into various pockets in the back of the coat to prevent imbalances and sloshing. The jacket’s durability has not been tested given the short project timeline.
The ingenuity displayed here is a way to approach the water issue on a micro level. Albeit a progressive solution to a pressing water crisis, we still desperately need a macro level approach.
Source: Fastco Design