One can be a design lover and be eager to go ' green' at the same time. If that is the case the experience can get frustrating because designs somehow are not always out there to help achieve this double goal. At Spoga Gafa, the international fair based in Cologne/Germany, I found a solution for those eager to contribute to the water saving challenge without giving up a passion for design. The RainDrop, is an award winning design presented by ELHO.
Water harvesting for the Ipod & Blackberry generation
...in his design the rain barrel is shaped like a drop of water ... a symbol for the precious element it harvests.
Elho worked with Bas van der Veer, a young talent, fresh out of design school. The RainDrop was part of his graduation project. The design Bas created is simple: a can and support system you fix onto your drain pipe. He has opted for a very organic shape, far from the classic barrel designs or other bulky water butts. It was very important for him that the shape of the product had a clear connection with the subject: water. This explains why in his design the rain barrel is shaped like a drop of water ... a symbol for the precious element it harvests.
He also wanted to make it easy to use to encourage as many people as possible to get on board this crucial mission. He has clearly met that goal. Very simply, the can automatically fills during showers. Once it is full enough, one just removes the can and uses the water for watering plants or washing outdoor items.
A new kind of gift
Many people are eager to become more active water savers. They just lack the initial spark. So to maximise the product's appeal RainDrop is packaged in a beautiful box...making it a great gift idea too!.
Surely designs like this will help many jump on the band waggon!