#ChooseExperiences: Sprout Studios

To counteract the coming barrage of holiday content from retailers about all the various ways you can buy their products, we’re cooking up a series of year-end posts that spotlight the best experiences we had all year. You know, the stuff money can’t buy. We’ll be posting these on our blog throughout the holiday season and under #chooseexperiences on social media.

First up: our friends and collaborators at Sprout Studios. We worked with Sprout last year to launch the Pakt One, and we asked them to drop in and share a meaningful project that they've been working on this year. 

What We're Thankful For

Sprout has a ton to be thankful for this year. From new collaborations to long-term strategic partnerships, we’re grateful for everything that’s come our way this year -- including Pakt’s incredible success.

In the same vein as Pakt’s plastic-free packaging, we are honored to have worked on a groundbreaking project that tackles the global problem of microplastics in our oceans. Teaming up with Draper Labs and the EPA to design a microplastic-sensing underwater drone (the world’s first!) helped put a few things back into perspective.

The world's first micro-plastic sensing drone by Sprout Studios and Draper Labs

The danger of plastic in the environment is no joke. Researching this project gave us more insight into the hazards involved with microplastics, but we truly believe that humans can (and should) have a positive influence on the environment.

We love that our job has become designing game-changing products for global impact. We also love frequent reminders about how important it is to be environmentally conscious in everything we make.

Sprout studios microplastic-sensing drone sketches

So, we were really stoked to launch the project at Draper’s Engineering Possibilities event in October. Our work with Draper will enable scientists to understand how to prevent microplastics from contaminating our waters and hopefully, enable policy makers to take the right actions to overcome the threat.

This holiday season, we really appreciate having the opportunity to work on a project that gave us the chance to learn, remind ourselves of environmental concerns, and give back to the planet.

The world's first micro-plastic sensing drone by Sprout Studios and Draper Labs