Can you design a phone that’ll be used longer? A refrigerator that discourages food waste? Play the sustainability card game


This is a really great concept. How can we reduce waste? Electronics are a huge problem and the fact that stuff isn’t made to last these days. It drives the economy, but it shouldn’t.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

At TED2013, Leyla Acaroglu pondered the question: Paper or plastic? Below, play her sustainability card game. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

At TED2013, Leyla Acaroglu pondered the question: Paper or plastic? Below, play her sustainability card game. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. In today’s TED Talk, Acaroglu turns her attention to four bits of “environmental folklore,” like the idea that it’s more environmentally sound to opt for the paper bag over the plastic one. [ted_talkteaser id=1926]By engaging people’s sense of play, Acaroglu and her team at the design consultancy Eco Innovators aim to get individuals and companies looking at the full life cycle of the products in order to make the kind of savvy decisions that can actually effect change.

This week, Eco Innovators held an “E-Waste Autopsy” at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, where passerbys dissected keyboards and computer mice…

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Hi there, I'm Bex and I'm an ethical designer. I make designs to make nectar for your business. Ethical graphic design, illustration, blogging, copy and content. Let's bee creative, ethical and sustainable! My mission An increasing number of us are becoming concerned about how we impact upon the environment and other people. In fact, more businesses, organisations and enterprises are too – and let’s not forget charities and non profit organisations. Being ethical and living a more sustainable life can cover a number of areas. It could be as simple as buying locally reared meat from the butcher in your town. In fact, supporting your local economy is a great place to start. In fact, as people shift towards ethical consumerism, they are looking for YOU. If you’re a start up, independent retailer or a family business - more people want to support their local economy. People also want to support companies and enterprises which value ethical trading and sustainability. As I've become more aware of these issues, my mission is to help others who share my values and make a positive change in the world.
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