CleanPod UVC Sterilizer

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CleanPod UVC Sterilizer
Object date 2020
Place of Origin Designed in Canada, probably manufactured in China
Designer Unknown
Manufacturer Monos
Materials plastic(s), metal(s), uv-lights

by anonymous student

The Monos CleanPod handheld UVC sterilizer appeared on the market during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has created the need to continuously clean your hands and sanitize surfaces. As a result, new types of products have been created or at least introduced to a wider audience. Monos is a Canadian brand focused on travel items like luggage and accessories. As we are currently facing a huge decline in travel, they have developed this new type of object to sell.

The CleanPod is a portable sanitation device that you can use to “eradicate pathogens” on different surfaces by shining the UVC light on them for 30 seconds. The design is minimalistic, simple and functional. With the price of 90 USD, this is a luxury product.

It is argued that the CleanPod is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional sanitizers and cleaners because it creates no waste during use. I would argue that the creation of this physical, multi-material object makes its ecological footprint already quite high, not to mention that its battery needs to be charged and its end-of-life recycling can be difficult.


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