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Hacking Your Home to Become a Better Recycler

Dedicated recyclers create in-home hacks to improve their recycling efforts. What can we learn from them?

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I always think it's interesting to explore positive deviants for clues on innovative approaches to our OpenIDEO challenge topics. When I started looking at what folks come up with to improve their sorting and recycling efforts, I was interested with what I found on this collection of at-home hacks – so I've included some of the images from there above.

As we head towards the upcoming Ideas phase, what other hacks can we collect on new Research phase posts? I dare you start looking for more!

How might we draw upon the innovation of at-home recycling hackers to propose solutions for mainstream folks at home? How might we create customisable sorting solutions that work in a range of living contexts?  How might we encourage more folks to think about hacking their homes to improve their recycling habits? 

 

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Meena, Cool idea! Parents could get their kids involved; kids could make their own fun containers. The idea that came to mind when reading this is an Etsy-like movement, but specifically for recycling bins or recycled materials.

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The Etsy community is creating recycle bins/crates (Search for: "Recycle bin" on Etsy):

"3 Natural Linen Eco Friendly Storage Basket, Storage Bin, Linen Sack storage basket, Recycle Storage Basket" by BeInspire
https://www.etsy.com/listing/151257597/3-natural-linen-eco-friendly-storage?ref=related-4

"Large Chicken Wire Basket-Crate-Organizer" by Mumscottage
https://www.etsy.com/listing/185291103/large-chicken-wire-basket-crate?ref=sr_gallery_43&ga_search_query=recycle+bin&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

"Pine Bench with recyclable storage" by RhodesFurnitureStore
https://www.etsy.com/listing/176944889/pine-bench-with-recyclable-storage?ref=sr_gallery_38&ga_search_query=recycle+bin&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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And the Etsy community is building items out of recycled materials (Search for: "recycled" on Etsy). These are pretty neat!

"Recycled Wine Bottle Light" by ClassyGarbage
https://www.etsy.com/listing/112231859/recycled-wine-bottle-light?ref=sr_gallery_48&ga_search_query=recycled&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

"Jack Daniels bottles recycled into drinking glasses. Set of two" by AmericanHomeCrafts
https://www.etsy.com/listing/151603180/jack-daniels-bottles-recycled-into?ref=sr_gallery_35&ga_search_query=recycled&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

"Dark Green Wine Bottle Molded Serving Tray or Spoon Rest with Cork-Recycled Eco-Friendly" by ShifflettStudios
https://www.etsy.com/listing/115221927/dark-green-wine-bottle-molded-serving?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Woohoo, Leigh! Lot's to love on this collection. Would be really awesome if you get time to add a fresh Research post featuring these. Be a great way to get more eyeballs on the goodness you've unearthed.

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