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Design based on a theory of fun: The Bottle Bank Arcade

As if you needed another reason to love the Swedish, below is one of a series of viral videos put out a few years ago by The Fun Theory, in it you can watch an example of a recycling bin design that aims to make recycling glass bottles more fun. The game works such that

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Thought for food: The Lambent Shopping Trolley Handle

lam·bent/ˈlambənt/ Adjective: 1. (of light or fire) Glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance. 2. (of wit, humor, etc.) Lightly brilliant. Synonyms: sparkling – shining from Dictionary.com The fine folks from the UK-based Change Project have again developed an interesting tool to help us in the pursuit of healthier, more sustainable lives. The same group that brought us the

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Tidy Street: The word on the street about energy use

I know what you’ve been thinking: isn’t it ironic that so many eco-feedback tools designed to decrease energy use, also consume energy? Well, not given the actual definition of the term “ironic,” but it is  interesting to note that our reliance on electricity in computer-based feedback leads to minor amounts of electricity being consumed in the pursuit of a

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“Save energy or the bear gets it”

Anyone who has spent anytime considering environmental messaging will have noticed that the polar bear frequently being used as a symbol of the impact of global warming on the animal kingdom. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that eco-feedback designers might be interested in leveraging the concern that many people seem to have for the iconic giant white bear

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Infotropism: a plant-based approach to eco-feedback

In the paper “Infotropism: Living and Robotic Plants as Interactive Displays” the interdisciplinary team of David Holstius, John Kembel, Amy Hurst, Peng-Hui Wan, Jodi Forlizzi, present a living and robotic plant display as a tool to increase recycling. At the root of the process was the desire to use “living plants to convey information about human activity”  (p.2). This is an excellent opportunity for

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