Most of the worlds water is either seawater, or glacier ice.
Only 0.642 % of Earth’s total water reserves are available for man to drink.
40% (2.5 billion) of the world`s population has no access to clean potable water and must settle for dirty water for daily use.
Desalination plants very expensive to build, energy intensive and require technical support.
The Watercone is portable easy to use solar still, which transforms dirty and saltwater (e.g. seawater) into purified drinking water by way of natural sunshine and evaporation. Inexpensive, requiring no man-made energy, easy to operate and the fact that it cannot malfunction make it a great alternative to a desalination plant, especially in poor and remote areas of the world.
Invented by Stephan Augustin an Industrial Designer at BMW, the idea for the Watercone began to take shape while on holiday on the Canary Islands. While on the beach Stephan began to wonder how ocean water could be so plentiful and yet so lethal for human consumption, and if there was a simple solution to make ocean water drinkable.
The Watercone can also be placed over a dirty puddle and provide upto 1.5 liters of clean drinking water.
The Watercone is a reference to all design including footwear, in so far that it shows how good design can not only be very simple, but that it (including footwear) can also be aimed at other 90% of the worlds population. For more info on this design concept visit Design for the Other 90%.