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Make Mosquito proof beds and netting for tropical countries

Recycle grind materials to make mosquito netting and help protect families against diseases like Malaria and Zika.

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Some of the most difficult illnesses to eradicate or those transmitted by mosquitoes and other insects that bite us when we are asleep in our beds.  In tropical places it is almost impossible to keep mosquitoes out of homes unless you can spend a fortune and have air conditioning on all the time to keep the house cool.  Some places don't even have electricity and are not built to prevent insects from coming in.

Mosquitoes love the places where we love to rest and sleep.  These places are cool, breezy, and shaded.  Whenever we rest or sleep there we become a static buffet for them to feed.  One of the most effective prevention methods has been the deployment of mosquito nets to place around beds and hammocks to protect us from bites.




Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

By using grind materials, new mosquito netting could be made and deployed to tropical areas that are in biggest need of protection. The best thing is that several of the most difficult materials to recycle could be used: Textile scraps would be recycled into the netting All types of leather can be used to reinforce edges and strapping Foams could be grinded down for bedding that could also be sent to these communities. Rubber could be molded into small weights tied to the bottom of the nets to keep them from blowing around. Even shoelaces could be used as ties to affix the nets in place.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Families living in tropical countries that don't have the resources to keep their sleeping and resting areas free of mosquitoes.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

There are already organizations like the Gates Foundation that works to distribute nets in Africa to protect against malaria. We could use this existing infrastructure to introduce and distribute them The biggest issue is actually proving that the textiles, leather, and rubber can be recycled into this type of product without being cost prohibitive

How is your idea innovative?

I am taking most of the materials that go into making a show and turning them into a product that several people around the world need to stay healthy. IT is putting all different applications for these recycled materials together differently.

What inspired this idea?

Reading about how netting had helped reduced considerably the incidence of Malaria in African countries.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I am Chemical Engineer with experience in the CPG industry

In what city are you located?

Cincinnati

In what country are you located?

United States

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

I think that becoming a top idea would allow me to create the prototype for this and help give organizations looking to improve the lives of many people another source of inspiration and support to keep making a difference in so many people.

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Photo of Our Workshop
Team

Hey!
We love your idea to make mosquito netting - especially that which is affordable and made from upcycled materials! We are looking into a similar solution (hopefully with real grind materials and a bit of financial support!).
Another great way to install mosquito netting is on doors and windows, which would be very easy once you got the material right - in our proposal a member of Our Workshop shows one such panel he's made himself...
Good luck!

Photo of Angel Landeros
Team

It is great to see you taking it to the next step and actually making prototypes of potential solutions. That is very inspiring! If I can help in any way, let me know

Photo of Our Workshop
Team

great. Thanks!

Photo of Our Workshop
Team

We didnt make it through to round 2, but we are now working on the bridge-builder challenge:
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder2/ideas/our-workshop-making-together/edit

Please check it out and give any feedback you have for us!!!

Photo of Lauren Ito
Team

Hi Angel Landeros ,

Great to see you posting another concept in the Challenge! I'm curious to learn more about the specific mechanisms or processes to manufacture elements, like netting, from textile scraps.

I'm also including the materials list here for reference: https://d3gxp3iknbs7bs.cloudfront.net/attachments/e677177d-40ce-4d2b-8c59-e16c009f1c48.pdf

The design thinking process involve getting a scrappy prototype created of your concept as soon as possible. I'm excited to see some elements of this design tested in your next steps.

Looking forward to learning more!