Nowadays, many people bring their own canvas bags to the grocery store, but few take that same low-waste concept to dining out. In a bid to help make people change to less wasteful habits, product designer Andreas Eiken developed Sustainer, a concept that takes “the waste out of the to-go meal equation.” Created in collaboration with Kieran Wallace as part of Eiken’s fourth year thesis project at Emily Carr University, the Sustainer pairs a reminder-based mobile app with a reusable food container made from food-grade silicon. The app and container are designed together as a cohesive system that addresses the main barriers to people bringing a reusable container with them when getting food to go, including forgetting the container, leakage, and carrying space.
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