I am an Industrial Designer who is inspired by nature to create innovative and functional apparel and products that benefit how humans interact in their environments. Continuously exploring impactful solutions that balance aesthetics, technology, and sustainability.
The four essential pillars encompass human-centric design approach and the understanding of full-bodied, three dimensional physical interaction of user, product and environment. The projects generate innovative solutions using research-driven, evidence-based designs which focus on the user experience.
Currently, Tree Planter’s workflow exposes them to a variety of workplace injuries.
The ArootZ Planting Harness has adjustable hip and lumbar padding on the waist belt to effectively balance their workload and support the Tree Planter’s movements, regardless of their gender and size. At the shoulders, the suspension frames adjustable Load Lifter straps allowing the user to transfer weight ensuring uniform load distribution to reduce overall body strain.
Tree Planters earn approximately 11 cents per seeded tree, so efficiency is vital to their earnings.
Based on research and interview insights, design features were integrated to help them quickly pack and travel throughout the day. The gimbal mechanism synchronously moves in step with the planter. The remodeled belt buckle reliably secures the harness and the “Rapid Reload” system allows the pre-packaged biodegradable hemp bags to be quickly remounted on the thigh protector’s 3 point system.
Human factors related to upper body strain and lower back pain were targeted areas of need.
The lumbar and hip pads in the waist belt adjust to meet an individual's shape and physique. The shoulder “Load Lifter” straps at the top of the suspension frame, ensure uniform upper-body load distribution. These ergonomic advances benefit the user’s overall well-being and increase their levels of productivity.
Tree planting is one of the most sustainable activities to help the earth recover from global warming.
ArootZ broadens the current tree planting process by introducing a newly conceived bio-plastic “Seedling Grow Stick'' made of Lignin. This device establishes the seedling’s root system during germination at the nursery and protects the seedlings during transportation and implantation. Packaged in hemp bags, the grow stick eliminates the current use of plastic to ship and flag the tree.
The United Nations Global Climate Action plan along with the World Economic Forum’s One Trillion Trees campaign is focused on reducing the effects of global warming. As part of the solution to restore biodiversity and fight climate change, tree planting is a nature-based solution that increases global levels of oxygen while simultaneously reducing harmful carbon dioxide levels. The ArootZ Tree Planting System is a fully sustainable solution towards “mass-scale nature restoration”. (World Economic Forum, 2020) ArootZ mitigates the problems of reforestation and solves the multiple challenges related to growing and transporting seedlings, to tracking re-populated forests while also decreasing the high rate of injuries tree planters endure due to poorly designed tree harnesses. From tree harvesting to reforestation, the ArootZ Tree Planting System provides a full cycle solution for a globally greener future.
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