1000 Years or 1 Choice


We've all seen it happen, or even done it ourselves: put all our waste into the public trash bin instead of taking the extra minute to sort into the recycling. For this project, I created a decal set and interface design to help remind people of the choice they can make to help reduce our landfill waste. The interface portion educates visitors on the outcomes of not recycling, and the decal set changes people's actions in the moment of disposing items. This helps change the habit of putting things in the trash bin that can be recycled.

The best time to remind someone to do the right thing is in the moment of decision. For this intervention, that moment is when someone is throwing out trash in a public waste can. With this decal, people are drawn to the graphic and reminded that their one quick choice could help reduce recyclable waste sent to landfill. The '1000 or 1' decal was designed with two significant formats from the start: left and right. The final mark was placed inside the recycling triangle to mimic the standard symbol seen on the bottom of bottles and cans.
The message can be represented in one eye-catching phrase: one thousand years or one choice.
As all sites should be, this one is designed with both mobile and desktop users in mind. Users can access the printable decals and see the factoids from all screen breakpoints—retaining the site's function for all devices
The factoids work together as a design system while also guiding the user through the facts of not recycling and its impact on the environment. After seeing the data, people can download whichever decal layout works for their community.
A continuous scroll felt the most suitable for this medium. As users read through the site, they follow the timeline of not recycling, where it ends up, and what happens because of it. At the end, users can download the decals for themself to place on trash bins in their community.

The page was designed with a continuous grit texture and matching hand-drawn illustrations to amplify the crumpled, distressed look that disposed litter and recyclables have.