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Sustain A Bag!
Returning Service for more durable Shopping Bags
Of course, everybody could just always take a bag from home for groceries instead of taking the plastic bags from the shop. But you often come from work or decide spontaneously to buy something and then you end up with plastic bags again. At home you don‘t know if you should keep them, because you feel bad throwing them away, on the other hand you already have so many of them....
Services can make it convenient to „share“ a product with others. Many people have access to the same product, but don’t have to deal with the organisation of sharing it, the service is doing it for you. The car sharing system “Mobility” in Switzerland for example works exactly in this way, with several advantages: The product is always available when you need it. You save resources and end up with less waste, because the product is used to almost full capacity.
That’s why I designed a service to share shopping bags. At the shop desk you can get one of these bags. It is stronger then the little plastic bags and also more appealing. It’s not as personal as your individual handbag, but still has more identity and quality than a cheap plastic bag. After paying the deposit you take the grocery home. You can do this procedure several times, before bringing the collected bags back. Once in a while, when you’re not in a hurry and go to the supermarket from home, you return the collected space saving bags, maybe together with the empty PET- and beer bottles. After scanning them (RFID), you get your deposit back and the bags are going through an automatic cleaning process. Then they will be hanged back to the cash desk, well presented and clean, ready for the next customer to use.
With Shopping Bag Sharing we can eliminate the usage of harmful one-way plastic bags and replace them with a bag that offers you more comfort and excitement. At the same time, it results in a product with a longer lifetime and thus a reduced amount of waste and resources being used.
Choose for the Sharing Bag at the Supermarket.
It is easy to fill.
It's also wearable on the Shoulder.
A Padding in the Handle offers more Comfort.
Just take two if needed.
Take a Bag several times.
You can fold and store them at home...
...until you bring them back together.
At the Returning Point you receive your Deposit.
Soap Blocks instead of liquid Soaps
Today, most of the soap we use is liquid soap, which contains a lot of water. Block soap instead is more concentrated and therefore has some ecological benefits: You don’t transport unnecessary water around. In place of plastic bottles you can simply use paper for packaging. The solid blocks can easily be piled and allow a greater space efficiency in a truck.
But what about the usage of soap bars? I don’t like the weird slippery feeling when I use them. It gives me goose bumps. And under the shower, it always slides out of your fingers. Hand soap also often gets dirty and accumulates bacteria when more than one person is using it.
I designed two dispensers that turn block soap into beautiful little flakes. They offer you a new comfortable sensation when they are falling on your hands and easily dissolve in water.
The first version needs to be attached to the wall. You can easily use it with one hand; while you are pushing the grater, you are capturing the flakes. With its open shape it lets the soap block evolve its fragrances into the room.
The second version is a grater that can stand by itself. Therefore it’s more flexible in usage. It could be placed in the same way as a shower gel or shampoo.