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our vision

Indus is a wall that cleans polluted water using natural processes.

Beautifully designed tiles are layered with a special microalgae gel that removes toxins from wastewater.

• Empower local artisans to clean and reuse water locally

• Help companies to adopt greener practices in their supply chain.

• Support governments and NGOs in their efforts to raise the standards of living and improve health conditions in their communities.


Indus is assembled from tiles that are designed to hold the microalgae embedded in a seaweed-based material. The tiles are inspired by the intricate veins of a leaf.

• It can be constructed on existing walls of dense industrial clusters or can be free standing.

• The tiles are manufactured using locally available materials and techniques, such as clay and laterite.

• Indus can be designed and installed depending on the site available and the amount of polluted water to be treated.

our story

In 2017, we travelled to India to visit small-scale artisans in Kolkata, India. We realised that millions of artisan workers within the textile industry, leather tanning and manufacturing of ornaments had no facilities to treat their polluted water.

They do not have the space, money or energy to install high-tech water treatment systems. Poor water hygiene has a huge detrimental effect on the artisan communities health and living standards.

Along the way, we’ve also discovered that companies also want to work with Indus to improve their manufacturing processes, transitioning into a circular economy.

By Saving Water, we save Lives.

Our mission is to help communities, companies and governments across the world to improve their water treatment infrastructure.

Indus was designed
to help artisan communities like…
to treat and reuse the wastewater by themselves.


Indus is one of the longest rivers in Asia. Originating in the Tibetan plateau, historically, the river acted as a node for the Indus Valley Civilisation.

The versatile trajectory, history and the various roles Indus has played over the centuries is representative of the changes we all need to make globally, in order to preserve the most precious resource of life - Water.


Indus can be constructed and maintained locally by the artisans.

Indus conducts community engagement workshops, with the help of NGOs and the governments where we educate the users with the techniques of fabricating and construction their own Indus wall.

We also teach them techniques of preparing their own algae-gel solution, allowing them to independently maintain Indus.


Integrating Indus into existing manufacturing processes allows companies to meet sustainable development goals. Indus breaks down heavy metal contaminants in polluted water to create less harmful substances.

Shneel Malik

Shneel is a Social Entrepreneur, an Architect and a Biodesign researcher at the Bio-Integrated Design Lab, UCL. Indus grew out of her PhD Research positioned at the intersection of Architecture and Biochemical Engineering.


Bio-ID is an interdisciplinary research lab based at the intersection of Architecture and Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) in the UK. Influenced by the possibilities of biotechnology, more powerful computation and the urgent need to find workable solutions to climate change. Bio-ID develops novel and sophisticated design solutions to help shape the future of our cities.

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Indus is a social enterprise that uses design and science to tackle the global crisis of water pollution.
If you are interested In helping Indus to save water and lives around the world, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re looking for change
makers like you!

Indus is immensely grateful to:
EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Project, 2017
Water Futures Research Program, A/D/O, BMW, 2018 - 2019
Newton Bhabha Research Fellowship, 2018
University College London, UK