Two Product Design graduates have designed a dispenser that combines style and sustainability to sanitising hands.
Their Soapstone dispenser, made from recyclable aluminium, is refillable from their large aluminium containers which means no more buying small plastic bottles.
It’s a design that is capturing the public’s imagination – the graduates’ Kickstarter target of £2,400 to bring the first batch of Soapstones to market was surpassed within six hours, and pledges are continuing to stream in.
Brighton-based designers Pete Barr and Eli Heath, both University of Brighton graduates, were awarded Product Design with Professional Experience BSc(Hons) degrees in 2018. They explained how their design came about.
Eli said: “We are tired of ugly, boring and unsustainable ways of sanitising hands and came up with a durable, refillable and compact product.”
Pete said: “Avoiding the use of the usual small plastic bottle dispensers means people are not contributing to the billions of tons of plastic waste being sent to landfill sites.
“Soapstone is manufactured in the UK from 100% recyclable aluminium and it is designed to last a lifetime.
“We have to keep fighting COVID and this means constantly sanitising hands – Soapstone is a much more sustainable way of doing so.”
This isn’t the first successful design from the Eli and Pete. Before graduating their Enayball wheelchair painting device won the Santander Award.