Sustainable Hydration: A Water Bottle Filtered Through Coconut Shells

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Sustainable Hydration: A Water Bottle Filtered Through Coconut Shells Sustainable Hydration: A Water Bottle Filtered Through Coconut Shells
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Sustainable Hydration: A Water Bottle Filtered Through Coconut Shells

by Paul Shustak

April 14, 2013

We chose to make our filter from activated carbon, a material that has been used for thousands of years to purify water. Nava’s filter derives from coconut shells, a renewable and safe resource. After harvesting, the shells are processed using a proprietary method that traps and reuses the resulting greenhouse gas emissions. Under normal use, each filter lasts about three months, preventing over 300 disposable bottles from being manufactured, transported and disposed.

To ensure a satisfying flow of water, we prototyped and tested over a dozen mouthpiece designs and obsessed over Nava’s fluid hydraulics. To provide quick access to that water, we designed a pushbutton cap that opens with one hand and protects the mouthpiece from germs and dirt. To find inspiration for Nava’s sleek look, we turned to racing motorcycles. Finally, to ensure that people remember to change their filters, we are creating a subscription program that delivers replacements to their doors.

Getting people to act more sustainably is hard, but we are sure of one thing: carrots work better than sticks. Through better design, we can remake our world so that people naturally gravitate toward sustainable behavior without feeling compromised. This is the philosophy behind Nava and we think it just might turn back the clock on bottled water.

This project will be featured in GOOD's Saturday series Push for Good—our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.

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