‘A wetland in a box’ recognised at international award ceremony

Yolandi Schoeman speaking to investors

A natural filter for domestic water treatment has been recognised at the Global Cleantech Innovation Awards.

A wetland in a box (aWetbox) was created by Baoberry, whose CEO Yolandi Schoeman is in her final year of MPhil Integrated Water Management studies at Monash South Africa, supported by IWSN.

It won top honours at the South African Global Cleantech Innovation Programme last year, which Yolandi described as a “life changing event.” During Cleantech Week in San Francisco last month, aWetbox was named as one of two runners up.

aWetbox is a nature-based grey water treatment system that eliminates 99% of disease-causing micro-organisms and improves water quality for household use by up to 80%.

Yolandi said: “When we began work on aWetbox, we discovered that there is not much technology available for households who wish to purchase natural filters for water purification. It would be the first of its kind to be made available in the US on a commercial scale. Talking to investors was a great learning experience and the amount of interest we received was overwhelming.”

You can read Yolandi’s account of her experience here.