The grumpy bin: reducing food waste through playful social interactions

F. Altarriba, M. Funk, S.E. Lanzani, A. Torralba

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Domestic food waste is a world-wide problem that is complex and difficult to tackle as it touches diverse habits and social behaviors. This paper introduces the Grumpy Bin, a smart food waste bin designed for the context of student housing. The Grumpy Bin1 contributes to the state of the art of food waste prevention solutions by challenging the traditional approach on pervasive technology, which is commonly based on system-driven judgements and persuasive data representations. Instead, this design empowers users and their social acquaintances to collectively judge their actions, hence adding a layer of social mediation that is likely to increase the chance for behavior change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2017 Companion - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349918
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017
Event12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017) - Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017
Conference number: 12


Conference12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017)
Abbreviated titleDIS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherSpace, Place and Interface
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  • Design intervention
  • Food waste
  • Interaction design
  • Playful design
  • User experience


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