All those bags. 2017.
'All those bags' is a social experiment in facilitating local sharing by creating a system for public to give-away, take and re-use spare carrier bags. Design process borrows ideas from street art and design activism and combines an observational approach with active research: hands-on experimenting in the real-world.
Experiment took place in two different locations in East and West London. Project started with using an IKEA carrier bag holder that was installed next to a crosier store. After few weeks of staying empty it started to fill up with used carrier bags that locals fed into the system. Every time I would go back the level of bags would have changed. This encouraged me to carry on testing and implementing different designs in order to see how the design of the object would affect the utilization rate. In total I installed nearly 50 bag dispensers in different locations over a time period of four months, some still being up and running today.
The installation is part of a research project that explores design interventions to manage waste and use of resources in urban landscapes. To meet challenges of creating sustainable livelihoods in expanding cities we need a shift towards sharing economies and more circular material flows. How can design encourage citizen responsibilities and facilitate sharing and more intelligent resource use?