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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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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.

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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.

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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
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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...

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