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Students develop dispenser

11 August 2014

As SCA and its brands prepare to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race – one of the toughest sailing competitions in the world – the company has challenged industrial design students to develop a solution to keep toilet paper dry in very wet environments.

The deadline for entries was January 1st 2014 and after an extensive review process the winning team has now been selected.

The winning contribution, developed by five students at ENSAM University in Paris, is a waterproof dispenser with a choice of two different attachment solutions: a suction pad or a hook. The dispenser is made from a soft, lightweight and impact-resistant material that keeps the toilet paper free from humidity through the use of silica gel. The winning entry has been reviewed by the global SCA dispenser team and has been developed into a prototype that will be further evaluated. 

"Thinking about the extreme environment on board – and aside from the challenge of developing an easy-to-use dispenser that is completely waterproof – we thought portability would be an important feature," said Inés Ballano Vicente from the winning team. "That’s why we developed the two different attachment solutions."