23 July 2014
As SCA and its brands prepare to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, the company challenged industrial design students all over the world to develop a solution to keep toilet paper dry in very wet environments.
The winning contribution, developed by five students at ENSAM University in Paris, is a waterproof dispenser with a choice of two different attachment solutions: a suction pad or a hook. The dispenser is made from a soft, lightweight and impact-resistant material that keeps the toilet paper free from humidity through the use of silica gel.
"Thinking about the extreme environment on board – and aside from the challenge of developing an easy-to-use dispenser that is completely waterproof – we thought portability would be an important feature,” said Inés Ballano Vicente from the winning team. "That’s why we developed the two different attachment solutions.”