Here at Inhabitat we believe that good design can save the world – and that includes everything from the environment we live in to personal health. In fact, our favorite designs are those that balance environmental responsibility with individual well-being by fostering and promoting good health and social sustainability. From remarkable advances in the field of medicine to innovative products that purify the air we breathe and the water we drink, read on for seven designs for a healthier, happier life.
Le Laboratoire’s ANDREA air purifier is a perfect union between nature and science, and accelerates plants’ natural ability to filter the air around us. The ANDREA is 1,000 times more effective than a normal houseplant at filtering the air inside your home, and creating a healthier environment for both you and your family.
Clean drinking water is one of the single most important factors in maintaining good health – but it’s also a luxury that many of us take for granted. With 3.575 million people dying each year from water-related diseases, we’re huge proponents of design solutions that address this reality. The Lifestraw – an icon of humanitarian product design – is a small cigar-shaped tube that houses some pretty impressive engineering. When water is drawn through the straw, the mechanism inside it purifies water from potential pathogens like typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea – all before it reaches your lips.
Getting plenty of sleep and exercise are two surefire ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but both of these activities are often easier said than done. The National Institute of Health reports that studies suggest sleep disorders affect 50 to 70 million Americans – that’s approximately 20 percent of the population. Sleep deprivation can result in both short and long-term health effects, including a weakened immune system, mental disorders, heart attack and depression. Enter the Fitbit – a neat little gadget that makes it easy to track your physical activity and your sleep cycles. The Fitbit is completely wireless and has a 3-D motion sensor that is far more accurate than a regular pedometer, making it easy to answer questions like: did I get enough exercise today? Or, How many calories did I burn?
Researchers at Stanford University recently developed a new artificial retina implant that harnesses the power of the sun to give sight to the blind. Previous implants were problematic because of the challenges associated with providing a sufficient amount of electricity to the chip, but with the development of miniature photovoltaic cells, scientists are now able to incorporate this new design into a better implant that gets the job done.
Did you know that sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health? According to a study published by the American Cancer Society, sedentary lifestyles contribute to obesity, diabetes and mortality. But don’t distress if you work at an office all day – check out the Sit-to-Walkstation treadmill desk! This versatile workstation comes complete with an integrated treadmill, so you can sit at it like a normal desk or raise it up and work while standing or walking. It’s a great way to stay mentally and physically limber throughout the day, and multi-taskers are sure to appreciate the opportunity to work out at work.
Here at Inhabitat we love reusable water bottles – but what happens when you run out of water and don’t have a filtered source to fill’er back up? Enter the Bobble, a beautiful water bottle designed by Karim Rashid that filters water as you drink, giving you access to fresh and pure H2O anywhere there’s a tap. The carbon filter removes chlorine and organic contaminants and the stylish bottle is BPA-free and comes in six different colors.
25.8 million Americans have diabetes and need to keep tabs on their blood sugar level by drawing blood and testing it in a glucose monitor. The Glucowizzard is a potentially life-saving device that does away with painful pricks. Instead, an implant the size of a grain of rice is placed under a patient’s skin. The implant monitors glucose levels and relays the information to a solar-powered watch, making life much easier for diabetics. Best of all, the device only needs to be replaced once every year.