Designers use Everyday Things to promote Earth Hour 2015

To promote Earth Hour 2015 – a global lights-out event to raise awareness of climate change – WWF and environmental charity Do the Green Thing have commissioned designers and artists to create a series of products using everyday objects. Inventions include a functioning paper record player and some charming robot toys made out of stencils…

To promote Earth Hour 2015 – a global lights-out event to raise awareness of climate change – WWF and environmental charity Do the Green Thing have commissioned designers and artists to create a series of products using waste and everyday objects. Inventions include a functioning paper record player and some charming robot toys made out of stencils…

Earth Hour takes place at 8.30pm local time on March 28, with residents asked to switch off their lights for one hour. To raise awareness of the event online, WWF and Do the Green Thing have launched Everyday Things – a collection of inventive objects made out of household or discarded items which aim to encourage recycling and more sustainable living.

A new object will be posted on social media each day from tomorrow until Earth Hour day and include a vase constructed from a coat hanger and a discarded wine glass by Daniel Weil (pictured top); a screen-printed tea towel by David Shrigley:

Lights made from waste found on a Hawaiian beach by the RSA’s Sophie Thomas:

A working record player made from paper by Simon Elvins:

And some charming stencils by Hudson-Powell, which can be used to turn unwanted cardboard boxes into toy robots.

The project follows poster campaigns in 2013 and 2014, when a new poster promoting sustainable living was released online each day for 29 days in the run up to Earth Hour. (Copies of each poster were sold online, with proceeds going to Do the Green Thing).

The charities also launched a competition to accompany the campaign, asking 16-25-year-olds to create a light switch cover promoting sustainable living. The winning design will be posted online later this month.

Photographs of Everyday Things will be posted on social media using the hashtag #EverydayThings #EarthHourUK. For more info on Earth Hour 2015, see wwf.org.uk/earthhour

  • Luke K

    Hanger Vase…STUNNING!

  • Bob loves the planet too

    Over all, possibly a more effective concept than the posters produced last year.
    I assume “products using waste and everyday objects” is considered to need less explanation than the old mantra of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’.
    Sophie Thomas’ lights and Hudson-Powell’s robots appeal most, fun and fit the brief too, even though Daniel Weil’s wine glass coat hanger is probably the strongest, simplest and most striking proof of concept. By and large hats off to everyone involved.
    As ever, typically for me, there’s always a negative … and along comes David Shrigley with his ‘here’s one I might as well have made earlier’ tea-towel.