is a washing capsule
CONCEPT DESIGN [ 2012 ]
Research, concept and design development.
Collaboration with Guillermo Meza
Finalist Mexico-Poland / Henkel Innovation Challenge 5
Project sponsored by Henkel
Companies should be responsible for recollecting
the chemicals released by their products into the environment.
Renting detergent instead of buying it helps keep the water clean.
In the scenario of Earth in 2030, what can worldwide companies like Henkel do to innovate their products sustainably?
Persil-ion is a capsule that will substitute washing machines with many additional benefits. The principle is to be able to wash clothes in any water container, not necessarily a washing machine; and to recover the used detergent particles from the water, leaving it clean and ready to use for other purposes.
It is constituted by a main body to which Persil cartridges can be attached, an ionizing turbine, a sugar-crystal battery and a LED light. The cartridges are made of a porous membrane and contain Persil detergent. The turbine is activated when in contact with water and the detergent from the cartridge is released. The turbine will eventually filter the water through the membrane, collecting dirt and used detergent particles. The led light will indicate when the cartridge is full. The used cartridge can be taken to the distribution points, where Henkel would recover them to process the detergent and make it usable again. It's a system where the detergent is no longer sold, but rented.
The ionization process also eliminates germs and bacteria. This, together with the low cost components, make the product affordable for a wide range of communities that have limited access to purified water. The distribution and re-collection system would allow people to become part of a global cause, and the company to make the best use of its raw material production and resources.