Sustainable childhood was a project of Design for Interaction major in TU Delft. It focused on design the new interaction between children and waste materials such as paper rolls, in order to raise the awareness of sustainability. Through the whole projects, three creative session were conducted with children participants.
Sustainable living is an attitude towards life. It takes time and effort to develop a sustainable living habit. Childhood is the first stage of life. It is of great importance to develop sustainable thinking at the early stage. My design goal was to let children tresure the value of waste materials.
Sustainable design | User experience design
The research consisted of several methods and activities, such as interview, focus group, observation, context mapping, to explore the context and get direct contact with the target group.
It was found that children at 9-12 are more curious about the world and start to develop their own thoughts. However, due to the lack of knowledge about sustainability, they need support and help from parents, teachers and friends to develop their understanding of this concept. Therefore, my design principle was to create a balance between guidance and freedom for children to explore the world of sustainability.
The focus material was used paper rolls, which was a big part of daily consumption. The ideation phase focused on exploring the possibilities of reusing this material.
To test design ideas with children and get inspired by their creativity
The whole scenario takes place in schools or public libraries where children spend time together or inside a family which has more than one child. A collection of booklets designed for children to inspire them to create interesting items out o paper rolls. The collection consists of five different packages and a specially designed making method is shown in each package. Children can create their own models based on the methods.