a little more…
- the king, adapted
- the king, adapted
grow your chair
by aisslinger design (click pic for link)
bamboo is grown inside this mesh tube structure.
new photovoltaic systems in germany
when you use water, you actually pay a considerable amount for getting your water out of your house, into the sewer system, to the purification plant etc. water is cheap, very much so indeed. we pay for the disposal.
how come we do not pay for the disposal of trash. we pay the garbage men, the truck, and the maintenance of landfills, but we do not pay for the real disposal. otherwise there would be no trash.
proposition of a naive young man. when in the super market, there should be price tags, that list the price of the item plus the price of disposal. disposal prices would vary depending on the amount of paint used, sort of plastic, recyclability, toxicity and so on.
what effect i expect? soon there could be organic bananas wrapped in recycled paper in stead of polyethylen. products, if not environmentally friendly would be reused, built more lasting. the money generated by this would go to recycling plants, into research for new materials and so on.
in order to make this idea work anything imported or produced should be affected. right away. people might start making conscious decisions if they have to face consequences of their actions.
so this is a lamp designed by jethro macey. and it somehow inspired me to a little project that will only come into existence in my brain as i neither have the money to pull it off, nor the patience.
in psychology classes i learned, that in order to learn something and change behaviour, the consequences of one’s actions have to be immediate, steady and contingent. otherwise change will be unlikey to come.
the problem with green behavior is that the electricity bill, heating, water etc. come once every year. additionally bills for 2009 will come during the next months.
in order to change this, i think it would be useful to build a house, in which every device that needs, water, heat or electricty is hooked up to a coin slot. you have to pay for everything. it will be extremely uncomfortable to use devices, so people will think twice before using anything. it is meant to raise awareness. no one is supposed to live in this place.
but do you know how much electricity your notebook uses in a year? i found figures by the fraunhofer institute that show: 1 notebook used 8hrs every working day uses about $5 in one year depending on the model (source). that is nothing. heating and lighting combined consume 90% of all the energy. one bulb needs more power than this hightech multimedia center i am using right now.
for more info: click pic and go to www.dena.de