It may look like a portable vacuum cleaner, but it’s actually something way more practical: Essentially a sporty lunch box with a built-in water bottle for day trips - or by the looks of it, intergalactic space flight.

Designed by Mathieu Lehanneur the CellBag is based on a concept for water transportation developed by students under the direction of David Edwards at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute. The disc divides into two parts: a rounded, zippered pouch for dry snacks and an accordion-style bottle for holding up to a liter of water. The telescoping tubes can also be strung together for carrying several days’ worth of fluids.

So far, the bags have been available only to the Moretele community in South Africa, but profits from their sale will help fund the Earth Water Foundation and a humanitarian initiative in South Africa to provide sanitary-water transportation solutions. According to Lehanneur’s press release, “The first hopeful months of the experiment in real life conditions will rapidly lead to CellBag improvements and increase its diffusion to populations in need.”

CellBags are available in four different colors from Edwards’s Paris-based Lab Store for €75 (approximately USD$92).

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INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish NPO with global reach, established in 2002. We Inspire, Educate and Engage people in using Design to Improve Life-skills to develop sustainable solutions to global and local challenges.

We INSPIRE by showing people how their personal lives and the lives of people around them can be improved by Design to Improve Life. We do this through INDEX: Award and INDEX: Award Exhibition, showcasing the positive outcome and effect of the world’s best examples of Design to Improve Life addressing issus such as HIV/AIDS, scarcity of potable water, terrorism, sustainable transportation, elderly care, etc.

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