Protective Underwear

Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten

For her graduation project at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten sought inspiration in the fact that more and more older people want to stay independent for as long as possible, and she started focusing on the emotional and ecological impact of a common problem: worldwide, one in four women and one in eight men have to cope with some degree of incontinence. That’s about 200 million people.

Disposable incontinence materials offer a practical solution to this problem, but they produce a huge amount of waste and are also far from aesthetically pleasing. Washable incontinence briefs by Julia van Zanten provide a secure and dry feeling and are, at the same time, environmentally friendly and sustainable. OASIS absorbent fibres are incorporated into the prototype. Van Zanten is also exploring the possibilities of other absorbent materials.

Julia Veldhuijzen van Zanten won the New Material Award 2014.