CARTER CORTAZZI, JAMIE FARRELL, LOLA BUSHNELL
Every time you wash your fleece, it dumps 250,000 plastic microfibers into water sources. These fibers degrade the health of aquatic life, and when they make their way into food and water sources, can affect human well-being, too. It’s a newly discovered problem, but given its scale and the scale of synthetic fiber use worldwide, many parties – nonprofits, individual researchers, and even commercial retailers – are already on eager to take down microfiber pollution. Our solution is the Fiber Filter. Modeled on the idea of the already common delicates bag, the Fiber Filter is an easy to use garments pouch for synthetic clothing that prevents the release of microfibers into waterways right at the source. It allows the consumer to continue to wear their favorite synthetic pieces of clothing, without sacrificing the integrity of their conscience, the environment, or their daily routine. All it takes is a zip of the bag and a toss in the wash (and the dryer too!), and the consumer becomes a solution.
NICK BAKER, ALEXANDRA VAN NISPEN, CLAIRE SUH, JOLIE HUYNH, + CONOR ROSS
The team proposes the implementation of a Pesticide Field School (PFS) in Argentina to promote best practices for the use of glyphosate, a key pesticide that yields significant benefits if used correctly, but can result in serious health consequences if improperly handled. In order to prevent Argentina from banning use of the chemical completely, the team suggests that a carefully constructed education program can mitigate the risks of glyphosate use.
SANA CHARANIA + ALISHA DUA + NGOZI OKARU + ALEXIS ONI ESELEH
Sana, Alisha, Ngozi, and Alexis created Lunchtime Comics, a health literacy tool that focuses on improving the dining experience for children while also resolving health disparities. Lunchtime Comics is a series of placemats with fun, yet informative activities for the elementary school lunchroom and have been highly successful when tested with hundreds of elementary school students. The goal of the project is to create a well-developed product that can be more widely deployed.