soma biodegradable water filter and carafe
images courtesy of soma
soma is an elegant, handcrafted water filter and carafe, whose modern glass vessel holds a 100% biodegradable filter inside. the purifier is made of coconut shell carbon, four layers of fine silk, and a plant based casing. the development and design team was determined to create an aesthetically beautiful product that also had a low impact on the environment. the sustainable design of the filter allows it to be tossed in a recycle bin after expiry, where it will biodegrade completely in a composting facility without any negative ecological impact.
the eco-friendly attributes are just one part of its positive impact campaign — a subscription service for the filters guarantees fresh water every two months and a portion of the proceeds go to support charity: water — a philanthropic organization which is committed to bringing clean water to developing countries. founded by mike del ponte, ido leffler, and rohan oza — with product development by david bee man and makus siebel — the company launched a kickstarter campaign in december 2012 that raised over 100,000 USD within the first nine days. having reached its kickstarter campaign goal (which designboom covered here), the product has officially realized and launches into the marketplace today, september 16th.
soma carafe and glass
pouring water through the biodegradable filtration system
the filter is made of coconut shell carbon, four layers of fine silk, and a plant based casing