It all started with the question, 'I wonder if?'
I was on an evening run at the end of autumn and it was one of those runs where I felt like Forest Gump.
The only thing I was racing against was the setting sun.
I live in the sticks and the pavements on the way home aren't all lit by streetlights.
Cars whip by at such a speed they almost blow you over.
I wondered if I could use some of the energy I use running to power lights that would keep me safe.
Over the following weeks, as the winter nights drew in, the problem became more apparent and I started to research a solution. I made lots of prototypes and consulted an expert engineer or two.
Not only did my design need to be bright enough to keep me visible in the dark and in miserable weather, but sensitive to small movements and slow running.
The design had to be very wearable, lightweight and non encumbering too, so I wouldn't be able to feel it when it was being worn on long distances.
I took my time to get this right and after several months tinkering and as many sharp weeks of hard design effort I have perfected the product, which I called the Million Mile Light.
It's so simple. Clip it on and go.
It keeps me shining bright and it uses no batteries, so what's not to love - I've engineered it to never give up."
- Tom Lawton, Inventor of the Million Mile Light
Determined to be a force for good Tom founded Positively Human in 2015 in order to bring this vision to life and to create a destination for resilient products which demonstrate planned endurance as opposed to planned obsolescence.
Tom's first love is running and there's no better fuel for starting something new than passion, so the focus for our first product is the Million Mile Light, a battery-free safety light for runners that's powered by motion and is engineered to never give up. In the summer of 2015 we launched MML on Kickstarter and with over 1,500 backers the product will be shipping in the winter, here's the story of how MML became a reality.
Tom is an award winning British designer, inventor and environmentalist and is joined by his wife Charlie who leads the MML community.
Ben and JT complete our design team and the two Petes run our commercial activities and our online store.
Together we are Positively Human.