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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.

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

"Large Chicken Wire Basket-Crate-Organizer" by Mumscottage

"Pine Bench with recyclable storage" by RhodesFurnitureStore

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

"Jack Daniels bottles recycled into drinking glasses. Set of two" by AmericanHomeCrafts

"Dark Green Wine Bottle Molded Serving Tray or Spoon Rest with Cork-Recycled Eco-Friendly" by ShifflettStudios

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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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