Sustainable Multipurpose Outdoor Gear

Presenter: Zoe Judd

Research Category: Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes
College: College of Arts Media & Design
Major(s): Experience Design
Student Type: Graduate
Graduation Date: 2021
Additional Authors: Charya Peou, Jeff Burrell
Award Winner Category: Design

Our team has developed a multifunctional outdoor gear solution that provides value and versatility to both adventure-seeking outdoorsmen and displaced populations. Our adaptable blanket allows it to transform into a water-resistant jacket, sleeping bag and short-term shelter. This modular product can also be attached to other versions of itself in order to create larger structures for increased functionality. For outdoorsmen, this solution provides value by combining multiple products into one durable lightweight solution that allows for increased versatility with the benefit of a smaller packable volume. This same technology also provides a potential life-saving solution for displaced communities who rely on durable and easily transportable items to keep them warm and sheltered from outdoor elements.

We have created a closed-loop system by utilizing recycling processes to make sustainable materials that we then use to manufacture our products. A percentage of the products produced and the profits from the commercialization of our product will be invested in social and environmental impact initiatives. After extensive user research, competitive analysis, meetings with environmental leaders in the industry, and multiple rounds of ideation and rapid prototyping, we have created a product that we hope to present at the RISE 2021 Virtual Expo. We aim to learn from other presenters and gain feedback that will help us improve our designs and expand our social and environmental impact.