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I am passionate about:
Art, Design, Crafts, Natural Materials, Environment, Communities
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
Mature Student & Accessory DesignerMaker
Open University, UK
I am in my third year of a six year part time degree studying design and innovation with the open university; having returned to my design studies after a long break and having children where I was a full time honecarer. Along the way I have had hobby businesses designing and making many items using paper, wire, beads, textiles and ceramics - trying to avoid plastics wherever possible! In my home life I have developed a dislike to 'over packaging' especially plastic fruit and veg cartons. I'm trying to do my bit to help alleviate this problem.
Another great idea Lincoln, can see this working so well with children especially. Could maybe expand to different biscuits with 'linings' to suit different drinks and help retain shape and add novelty value? E.g. A dried fruit layer for smoothies, or a chocolate lining for shakes?
Hi Lincoln, I really like your idea about placing value on bottle tops which may make people return to specific points to be 'reimbursed'. Bottle caps are small and easily portable so collecting a dozen or so shouldn't take up too much room. Unfortunately the majority of people are lazy and quite selfish (it's in our nature), so anything to entice them to be environmental must be the way forward. In the U.K. Supermarkets are issuing plastic coins at point of sale (material may not be the best choice but that's another matter) to place into the community 'bin' of their choice - see https://youtu.be/qwdtzSEqQ2U, and I think that this idea could also be adapted for bottle tops quite easily. Maybe give people a choice in whether they get something for themselves, communities or charities. Having said that people are lazy and selfish, we also like doing good for others generally. Drinks manufacturers should become involved esp the big corporations and help fund this project as they have a responsibility. Good luck with this project and I think I'll start collecting ideas to feed in also.