January’s Top ​Picks for Sustainable Development Technologies

(c) Cycle Technologies

(c) Cycle Technologies

Happy New Year! We’re in full swing here at Cycle Technologies HQ offices working on our own brilliantly simple innovations that help address unmet needs in family planning and contraception.

We also want to applaud others who are committed to sustainable, innovative technologies on The Brilliantly Simple Blog. We think many of these organizations and exciting “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today.  Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email.

Here are our January favorite picks for sustainable development technologies.

​1. ​Odon Device

The BD Odon Device assists child births in settings where caesarians aren’t an option. It was included in the Innovation Countdown 2030 report as a technology that can save lives and has  “great potential to accelerate progress toward the proposed SDG health targets.” Cycle Technologies featured this innovation in 2014 on our blog. Check it out!

​2. ​Hippo Roller

Millions of women and children struggle daily to access water. They often collect water by carrying heavy  containers on their heads in order to survive. The Hippo Roller is a drum with a handle that can be easily rolled along over rough terrain. It allows users to carry 5x more water (up to 24 gallons!) with less effort.  Anyone can get involved in this project. Take a look at their website to learn more. Now that’s Brilliantly Simple!

3. Ashudinashak

​Swati Bedekar was teaching at rural schools in Gujarat, India when she discovered that girls were absent and often dropping out of school altogether, due to their menstrual cycles. She worked to provide them access to sanitary pads, but even when the girls could get sanitary pads, they weren’t using them.  Why? Because they couldn’t dispose of the pads in a discreet, safe way.   Seeing the issue, Ms. Bedekar’s husband invented a cheap, ecofriendly machine that could burn sanitary pads safely and hygienically. They called this terra-cotta “hearth-like” machine Ashudinashak. To date, the machine has already been installed in +2000 schools in rural India at a cost of less than $30 per machine.

Check back with us next month and follow us on facebook and twitter for the latest updates. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please let us know by dropping us a line at info@CycleTechnologies.com


Cycle Technologies is a socially-minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions that help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

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