Sustainably using light to curb a global pandemic

ByFar

As science-informed designers, the moment the pandemic emerged, we felt obliged to contribute in a meaningful way. Quickly we saw waste associated with mitigation, specifically hand sanitizers. Understanding the water consumption, plastic bottle waste, transportation issues, we researched and developed an environmentally responsible, more effective, and lower-cost alternative.

High impact on sanitization, no impact on environment.

In the winter of 2020, our studio was asked to support a science-based response to the global pandemic. We understood well the emerging technologies around viral deactivation using 222nm spectrum (Far-UVC) light. We felt rather than deploying this technology throughout architecture which was the area of focus for so many businesses, we saw a greater concern unfolding. Hand sanitization was and remains key in stopping the spread of the virus and most all other pathogens for that matter. As we watched the world deploy record amounts of liquid sanitizer everywhere possible we knew this would have dire environmental consequences. The enormous consumption of water, plastic bottles, transport, ongoing maintenance, resulting in a tremendous environmental, and financial burden. Our solution is hypoallergenic, requires no water, no maintenance, no staffing, no refilling and is more effective in deactivating virals. We, therefore, launched our solution to deliver a better alternative for our world, at a fraction of the cost by using the power of light to address one of the world's most pressing concerns.

Project Details

Scope

Design Advisory

Fractional Chief Design Office

Opportunity Discovery

Product Design

IP Strategy

Industrial Design

Design Development

Concept Design

Competitive Audit

Pre-design Advisory

Scaled Manufacturing Support

Sustainable Design

Prototyping Reviews

Engineering Support

Launch Support

Art Direction
Go-to-Market Support

Metrics

Total cycles per light engine: 100,000

Cost per use: ~$.001

Annual refill / Maintenance: ~$10

Water usage: 0

Waste from bottle use: 0

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