Case Study: PackH2O Waterwear PackA simple innovation that's helping solve the world's water crisis
In an era when complex innovations make the world smaller and faster, it would be easy to overlook a simple innovation that makes the world better. So we were thrilled and honored when Popular Science bestowed a prestigious Best of What’s New Award on the PackH2O waterwear pack, calling it “an elegant solution to a problem faced by millions of people: How to transport drinking water.”
In fact transporting water is a problem for more than 2 billion people who lack water in their homes That’s why David B. Fischer, CEO of Greif, asked Nottingham Spirk to design a water-transportation product using Greif’s industrial-grade woven polypropylene.
An Innovative Design Solution
The result is a life-changing collapsible backpack which holds about 5 gallons of water – slightly more than a typical jerrycan, at one-seventh the weight and half the carbon footprint. With a spout for dispensing water and a puncture-resistant outer shell, PackH2O is a safe and effective way to store clean water.
PackH2O increases the speed and comfort of transport, while reducing the risk of neck and spine injuries. It also eliminates the reliance on repurposed containers, which might have held dangerous chemicals, and which may require reaching in with possibly dirty cups and hands. Between uses, PackH2O’s lining can be removed and dried in the sun, allowing UV rays to kill microbes that might otherwise linger.
Product Design Recognition
PackH2O Waterwear Pack was an IDEA Bronze winner, and also earned a Cooper Hewitt People’s Design Award.
We were thrilled and honored when Popular Science bestowed a prestigious Best of What’s New Award on the PackH2O Waterwear Pack, calling it “an elegant solution to a problem faced by millions of people: How to transport drinking water.”