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Consumed Design Challenge - Breaking our Captivity to Consumption

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In each of our challenges, we highlight particular elements of Consumed, but we're also open to any idea that helps bring positive change in our society around consumerism - so even if your idea doesn't relate to the issues below, go ahead and post it!

This Challenge we're focused on finding solutions that:

1. Remind us that happiness/contentment is not found in purchasing things and help us find contentment elsewhere.

2. Help us better care for creation by dealing with issues of waste, packaging or rubbish.

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The environmental impact of our waste is widely acknowledged – but what about the social impact? Our rubbish has a supply chain, just like every other product. There are people in this supply chain who are facing the impact of our waste in ways that we blindly ignore every time we throw something in a garbage bin. We've all heard the terms 'carbon credit,' 'emissions trading scheme' and 'carbon offset' thrown around in political discussions by corporate companies and governments...

Bonnie Graham
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In many churches, every time we share communion we used hundreds of tiny single-use plastic cups. What if we could replace this with the seaweed pod technology that they used at the London Marathon. We could illuminate single-use plastic from church culture.

kate mo
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One of the most significant things we can do for the environment is to buy less. Sounds simple enough. What’s stopping us is one powerful thing: addiction. We’ve been conditioned to be lovers of buying new things. Corporations, advertisers and governments are all driving our urge to shop and accumulate. We need to admit we are powerless over this urge and that we buy things out of pure compulsion. Most of us are addicts. That’s why we need a 12-Step program for addiction recovery....

Natalie Lammas Williams
by Natalie Lammas Williams
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Context: Research shows that our wealth is making us less generous, less compassionate, less ethical and more entitled. Consumerism feeds on this, encouraging constant discontent, so that we’ll focus on our own ‘wants’ first. I’m concerned about the spiritual development of children in this environment. Children are born with a strong sense of justice and generosity, but companies target children at very young ages to build them into consumers. Parents want happiness for their children,...

Susy Lee
by Susy Lee
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A significant proportion of older Australians have one or more investment properties. Rather than being caught up in the need to have to charge market rates, why not make one property available for a family or individual who has experienced homelessness, Domestic Violence or some other form of disadvantage at a much lower rate, ie 25-30% of their income?  This would help get us off the focus on wanting more and more. It would help reduce inequality and bring grace back, reduce barriers...

John Piovesan
by John Piovesan
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This idea is from State Youth Camp.  The idea is an app through which people do their purchasing.  On this app, you can set limits to how much you can spend on certain items (or how often you can purchase those items) and also set goals for yourself.  For example, your goal could be to not buy anything new for three months.   If the purchasing is going through the app as a gateway, then you can give permission to the app to block a purchase if it doesn't align with the intentions you set.

Kelly Crawford
by Kelly Crawford
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This idea is from State Youth Camp.  The idea is a packaging rating system (could be voluntary or government mandated) that gives a star rating to packaging on food/toiletries/etc.  The rating could be based on how the ingredients were sourced, whether the material can be recycled etc.  It would have to be easily understood but would allow consumers to compare products.

Kelly Crawford
by Kelly Crawford
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There are currently issues with the major supermarkets not allowing shoppers to bring their own containers for meat, deli items, fish etc.  Understandably the supermarkets are concerned about food safety as they cannot ensure the condition of the containers that are brought from home.  However, this could be solved by having a conditions/waiver digital form at the deli counter where shoppers sign that they take responsibility for food safety of the items they purchase using their own...

Kelly Crawford
by Kelly Crawford
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Summary: Campaign to encourage and assist thoughtful purchasing that leaves room to be giving. Setting: Our society encourages living to our limits. We live in the biggest houses our credit enables, drive the nicest vehicles we can afford, and purchase the most expensive goods and services our budget allows. Even if we budget our charity, this often means we have no margin to meet the unexpected and unanticipated needs. What if, instead, we took the 'less' option, calculated the...

Ben Richardson
by Ben Richardson
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