When Max and Alex, co-founders of Soapy, learned about the impact of poor hand hygiene, they set out to create an easy, intuitive and accessible solution. The first Soapy prototypes were designed to fit schools in rural areas with little access to clean water – helping in the prevention of child morbidity and mortality.
But as they delved deeper into the challenge, it became clear that hand hygiene was not solely a 3rd world necessity. Restaurants, hospitals, schools and many other institutions in the most modern cities were also seeking after hand-hygiene solutions.
It took three years of research, four prototypes, and a lot of innovative and integrative problem solving before the final ECO micro-station was released.
We believe that hygiene is a fundamental and mandatory human right.
This is the simple yet powerful vision behind the Soapy hygiene micro station – an easy-to-use, effective, and eco-friendly hand washing system designed for hospitals, schools, restaurants, child-care centers, and businesses in communities all over the world.
By creating a convenient and accurate aid for practicing hand hygiene we enable compliance through technology and innovation.
With the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous other internationally recognized health organizations have stressed the importance of frequent, correct handwashing as the most reliable preventative measure against infection. As of early March 2020, over 125,000 people are now infected with Coronavirus, with 11 percent of those cases labeled “critical” or “serious.” But the simple act of washing hands with soap works against Coronavirus on two fronts, breaking the lipid case around the virus (crippling its ability to infect), and making hands slippery so that germs can be easily washed away. Soapy hygiene microstations can help to halt the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring that users get an easy and effective wash–the right amount of soap, water, and time, every time.
About 4 billion cases of diarrhea per year cause 1.8 million deaths, over 90 percent of them (1.6 million) among children under age five. Repeated episodes of the diarrheal disease make children more vulnerable to other illnesses and to malnutrition. Diarrhea is a critical public health problem in many countries, resulting from insufficient quality of hygiene facilities and poor overall sanitation. The simple act of washing hands correctly with soap and water can reduce the occurrence of diarrheal diseases by up to 50%. Installing Soapy hygiene microstations in schools, community centers, and other places that children gather helps to protect them from these diseases and gives them the chance to thrive.
Every year, millions of patients contract infections during their stays in healthcare facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes, where drug-resistant germs are often transferred via hospital furniture in public spaces, door handles, or even the hands of health workers. Resistance to antimicrobials reduces the efficacy of treatments that might otherwise be used against these infections. The solution is to attack these germs proactively by providing access to smart handwashing stations, thereby ensuring that both employees and patients wash hands properly and consistently, and avoid transmitting germs.
Safe and healthy hygiene habits are especially important when caring for infants, who do not yet have fully developed immune systems and are thus more vulnerable to infections. For mothers who are pumping milk, careful cleaning, sanitizing, and storage of breast pump parts and baby bottles can prevent germs from contaminating the milk that is being fed to the baby. The Soapy hygiene microstation enables caregivers to properly wash their hands before touching breast pump parts or bottles, and can also be used to clean these implements, thereby keeping your growing baby healthy.
Water scarcity can mean lack of available clean water due to a physical shortage, inadequate infrastructure, or the failure of institutions to ensure a regular water supply. Water scarcity already impacts every continent, yet water usage has been growing globally at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, with an increasing number of regions reaching the limit at which water can be sustainably delivered. Soapy hygiene microstations seek to address worldwide water scarcity, ensuring easy, effective and eco-friendly handwashing with 95% less wasted water than most standard sinks.
Hygiene refers categorically to acts that can lead to good health and cleanliness, such as frequent handwashing, face washing, and bathing with soap and water. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. However, in many areas of the world, practicing personal hygiene is difficult due to the lack of resources such as clean water and soap. Many diseases (including diarrheal diseases) can be spread when hands, face, and body are not washed regularly and correctly. This is particularly true in areas where sanitary infrastructure is inadequate or non-existent. Soapy hygiene microstations are a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to provide better health outcomes to communities in developing nations all over the world.