EZTAP 
The eZtap in an innovative solution that improves the rubber tapping process. Rubber tapping is the process of collecting latex from a rubber tree. It works by making an incision in the bark of a tree, which makes it possible for the latex to flow freely down the side of the tree and into a collection cup. The eZtap was designed to enable users to save time and energy and to increase the amount of latex collected.
 
The challenge of designing the eZtap was to create something that has never been done before, but at the same time keep the device simple, minimal and efficient. The eZtap is intended to be sold to rubber plantation owners throughout the world. Therefore, the design was focused on being easy to use and efficient so that the plantation owners could be more productive and profitable.



After observations directly in the field, the main conclusion was that the tools they used to collect are not efficient and ergonomic. There is a huge waste of time and money because these tools are not properly adapted to the process. 
The rubber tapping industry is one of the few domains that hasn’t seen much change. The same methodology has been used for a long time, and there is a lack of innovation. The eZtap promises to improve the rubber tapping process and ultimately increase the profits of rubber plantation owners.



The eZtap features a bowl, created with eco-plastic, is easy to use and was designed with a smooth interior for easy rubber removal. With one simple turn of the embedded palate, the user can remove all the rubber in the bowl. In addition to the bowl, it also comes with the eZtap knife. The knife that lends greater precision to the rubber tapping process. The unique blade shape facilitates efficient cutting that produces deeper grooves. The knife also features an eco-plastic handle and a stainless-steel blade. Both the bowl and the knife feature ergonomic designs for a more comfortable, precise and efficient rubber tapping experience. Also, eZtap is lightweight and designed for easy portability.



BIOPLASTIC
The bowl and the handle are made in bioplastic to make the product more stable, ecological and cost efficient. Its main components consist of renewable resources. It is absolutely emission-free and biodegradable. It enables the production of objects, which, until now, were made of either wood, metal or plastic. This material respects the spirit of the rubber collection.



From observations in Kerala, India, to rough mock-up.
Self initiated project.