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I am passionate about:
Human centered design, user experience design, education, psychology and human understanding, comics and visual illustration of daily life stories, delivering real value and benefit to people and society
A little known fact about me is:
People who know me think that I am the happiest kid on the block, always positive, smart and forward looking. I've actually been (positively) battling with depression for years. It helps me appreciate that there's always more than what meets the eyes
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"nothing's either good or bad, thinking makes it so. Gritty Blue. Beyond yourself"
I grew up in Vietnam but spent the last 8 years in Australia. In life, I live by certain principles:
1. Always understand the root cause and human emotions
2. Empathise and help others
3. Do the right things that bring real benefits
4. Be truthful and honest
5. Stay positive, every step in life is a lesson, an opportunity to learn and grow
6. Say Yes to challenges
7. Anything can happen if you try hard enough
At 27, I have been to 40 cities, 20 countries, climbed Mt. Fuji, and I am taking 100km Oxfam challenge and going to Everest Base Camp in 2016.
Have you thought of the material they are using to make disposable coffee cup?
"Making coffee drinking sustainable" is an independent project I am doing to apply Human Centred design and Design thinking process. Coffee (in Australia) is heavily consumed in take-away cups. Previously, these cups are made of paper with a thin plastic film to prevent leakage. Because of that plastic, it is very expensive to recycle them. An existing alternative has been Biodegradable cups, where the film is made of plant materials (check out biopark cups for info). Because of the materials they can be biodegraded in compost. Hence i think this material is one alternative for the packets.
However, I still dont think it is the best solution, hence: my current project. 1. While compostable, at the moment, the facility to collect and compost this material is limited. They ended up in landfill and cause methan emission similar to food waste. 2. The filter of what is degradable and what is not is difficult. And sometimes maybe only 95% of the materials are actually compostable. That 5% can contaminate the whole composting cycle and that means a small amount of plastic are incorporated into our agricultural soil. In accumulation, we will have a lot to deal with.
So in term of coffee, reuse is the best choice. Then in Australia we starting to use Keep Cup (reusable cup by KeepCup). While this cup is a commercial success, i think it is a fail model because people often forget to use them. I have identified some motivational and behavioural problems through interviews and observations. Unfortunate I haven't had time to write them up as a nice article yet. But if you are interested,please let me know and I can share some notes.
Overall, from this coffee story I think the elements to consider is not just materials, but the entire life cycle of this material, from creation to disposition, and from purchasing to using!