The earth’s environment has been, and is changing. Studies show that this change is mostly caused by the human contribution to global warming. We live in a world where people use more and more technology. This behavior of consumerism is a problem, if seen from a sustainable environmental point of view. More technology at home results in a higher energy consumption and therefore a higher production of energy. Most of the earth’s energy production is generated from non-sustainable sources, like fossil fuels, which affects the environment, often in harmful ways. In this project we have tried to create an artifact where the purpose is to change the behavior of especially people in the age of 17 to 30 into a more sustainable one. The artifact is a solar powered charger for mobile electronic devices. The solar panel is mobile, and has a display where the user can see his or hers production of energy. By using the solar panel for charging, the user produces sustainable energy as opposed to consuming energy from outlets in the house, which mostly come from non-sustainable sources. The idea behind the solar charger is to give an insight and change the behavior of the user into a more sustainable behaviour. In the project we have studied theories about sustainable design forwarded by Debra Lilley, nudge and think theories, social contexts theories, the theory of cradle to cradle and the theory of socio-technological systems and niche innovation. These theories have been used to develop the artifact and a folder. In this paper we have used qualitative methods. A test was carried out by interviewing two people who were test subjects for three days using the solar panel, in their daily routines regarding electronic mobile devices. This was followed up by another interview after the test period. Our research indicates an interest to change into a more sustainable behavior. We cannot see if any change in behavior emerged from using our artifact, but we see the use of the artifact as sustainable behavior.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||27 jun. 2012|
- vedvarende energi
- behaviour change
- Cradle to cradle