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Innovative vest aims to solve water access problems globally

The Fritz™ Water Vest is a simple packaging solution that is designed to solve water-transport issues in developing countries. The solution recently won the Diamond Award at the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

The innovative vest is produced and distributed by US-based company, Solutions Inc. The non-profit company aims to utilise current packaging technologies to create products that improve the quality of life.

The Fritz Water Vest allows people in developing countries to carry up to 20 pounds of water safely and easily. The judging panel felt this is an out-of-the-box solution for a significant global problem and was designed with an overwhelming sense of the greater good. The vest is antimicrobial, ergonomic and reusable.

In remote areas of the world, accessing drinkable water requires people, most often women and children to spend many hours a day carrying heavy, unhygienic and non-ergonomic containers on their head and shoulders. This causes significant physical stress on their bodies over time and presents serious risk of water contamination.

The Fritz Water Vest allows users to carry up to 20 pounds, or 9 kilogrammes, of water safely and hygienically, with the weight evenly distributed across the chest and back.

The vest incorporates relatively new materials to accomplish two key functional needs. The multi-layer nylon structure provides a robust material suitable for rough terrain and multiple uses in dry and rugged environments. The proprietary lamination uses several layers for functional protection and allows for quick heat sealing during manufacturing. In addition, an additive included in the material inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and odors. Together, these properties provide a robust, hygienic and reusable water-carrying and storage pouch.

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