- Team members
- Samuel Heitz Menas Köfferli
- Kitchentool Hardsoap Sustainable Dishwashing Soap dispenser
It is a hard soap dispenser for the kitchen, to replace the liquid soap in the plastic bottle.
The Soapflaker should find its place in the kitchen next to the sink and replace the liquid soap in the plastic bottle. The aim is to use hard soap for washing dishes and hands, without giving up the easy handling of liquid soap.
We tried to find the most efficient way to grind hard soap. Although crushing and dissolving in water worked well, we clearly opted for grating. The hard soap gets transformed into soap flakes with the help of a grater, which can be set in motion with one hand. We developed a mechanism that converts a linear movement (the pressing of the handle) into a radial movement (the rotation of the soap rasp). Therefore our product had to be comfortable to hold and easy to use. The size of the body and handle is intended to allow the Soapflaker to be used by a wide range of hand sizes. Whether small or large, left or right-handed, the Soapflaker can be used by everyone.
- Does your design take social and cultural challenges and human wellbeing into consideration?
In order to make the Soapflaker as useful as possible, the clear goal is to generate an ecological market launch. The focus should be on high-quality and long-lasting production. In the long run, we want to fight against the one-way and throwaway culture and give products a better life span as well as a more valuable feeling and design.
- Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?
In our research, we found that hard soap has many ecological advantages over liquid soap. For this reason, it is being used more frequently for personal hygiene. Liquid soap requires preservatives and additional water to maintain its substance and must be stored and transported in a plastic bottle. Curd soap, on the other hand, can be transported and sold in a very simple nonplastic packaging. Reducing the water weight in the product would reduce emissions from transportation, which also means a better carbon footprint.