Tracy Petrucci: Big Idea: Soap Flaker

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Big Idea: Soap Flaker

I came across this creative idea recently while browsing Pinterest. I think it was a design contest, but regardless, I found it very useful! Maybe someone will invest in this and they can start shipping them out to all the sustainable soap users, or the germ-avoiders.

Here's what the designer Nathalie Stämpfli had to say about it,

"Today, most of the soap we use is liquid soap, which contains a lot of water. Block soap instead is more concentrated and therefore has some ecological benefits: You don’t transport unnecessary water around. In place of plastic bottles you can simply use paper for packaging. The solid blocks can easily be piled and allow a greater space efficiency in a truck.

But what about the usage of soap bars? I don’t like the weird slippery feeling when I use them. It gives me goose bumps. And under the shower, it always slides out of your fingers. Hand soap also often gets dirty and accumulates bacteria when more than one person is using it.

I designed two dispensers that turn block soap into beautiful little flakes. They offer you a new comfortable sensation when they are falling on your hands and easily dissolve in water.
The first version needs to be attached to the wall. You can easily use it with one hand; while you are pushing the grater, you are capturing the flakes. With its open shape it lets the soap block evolve its fragrances into the room.

The second version is a grater that can stand by itself. Therefore it’s more flexible in usage. It could be placed in the same way as a shower gel or shampoo.

I more so like the top version that attaches to the wall. If you want to see more of this work, visit this designer's website here.

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