Improving health and wellbeing one design at a time

Behind each product is a designer who was inspired to solve a challenge. We witnessed that drive from university students who participated in the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition–the longest-running student plastics competition of its type. Each year, students come together to accomplish one thing: create new products made primarily of plastic.

We sponsored this year’s competition, which focused on the theme of “Healthy Body – Healthy World.” Students were challenged to create a durable and sustainable product that improves health and wellbeing or encourages exercise.

Daniella Kaligorsky, a third year product design student from Technological University Dublin, was awarded the top prize for her product. After losing a family member to breast cancer, Daniella was motivated to do research on the disease and address the problem. The result? CHECKKIT: a kit that demonstrates how to conduct a self-examination and check for breast cancer.

Winner Design Innovation in Plastics
Daniella Kaligorsky won the top prize for her product, CHECKKIT–a kit that demonstrates how to conduct a self-examination and check for breast cancer.

The kit features modules that mimic the breast and physical symptoms of breast cancer. It also comes with a brochure that provides instructions on its use, including how to recognize the 12 possible symptoms, as well as a notebook to log results.

The DIP competition gave Daniella an opportunity to pursue product design and drive breast cancer awareness. Judges applauded CHECKKIT for helping de-stigmatize breast cancer examination and providing those in schools with an easy-to-use tool. They also noted that this product could be put into production quickly, and there is potential for a similar kit to be created for testicular cancer.

CHECKKIT wasn’t the only design that stood out during the competition. Other creative and strategic products include:

  • POTLUCK: Coming in second place, Kai Wang’s cooking and storage device encourages and simplifies the production of stock cubes using food waste.
  • EnviroJect: Third place was awarded to Christopher Kay. His re-usable syringe system provides a safe and sustainable method of administering medications.
  • Air: Designed by Louis Farnsworth, this highly commended smart breathing aid for asthmatics reduces asthma flare-ups and irritation to the lungs and airways when exercising.
  • Tri-Walker: Namgyun Ryu was praised for this walking aid that provides the elderly with enhanced mobility and functionality over conventional walking aids.
  • We’ll recognize Daniella and Christopher, along with their innovative contributions, when they visit our offices in Germany.

    We’re proud to support the next generation of designers as they work toward new healthcare solutions–and we can’t wait to see what they create next!

    For more information, email us: plastics@covestro.com.