29 th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation DIAMOND AWARD
Solutions Inc. was named a winner of the 29 th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, earning a Diamond Award for the Fritz™ Water Vest, a simple but appropriate packaging solution for water-transport issues in developing countries. In remote areas, 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
... ir bodies over time and presents serious risk of water contamination. The Fritz™ Water Vest allows users to carry up to 20 pounds of water safely and hygienically, with the weight evenly distributed across the chest and back. It's an innovative application of modern packaging technology that solves water-access problems for at-risk populations. The vest innovatively 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. The Fritz™ Water Vest is an out-of-the-box solution for a significant global problem.