This ‘999’ water bottle turns doing good into data that can be visualized on a smartphone app.
Artefact’s director of industrial design, Fernd Van Engelen, wanted to quantify the impact of using a reusable water bottle: How much money did he save? How many plastic bottles didn’t end up in a landfill as a result of his choice? “I tried to do the mental math,” Van Engelen writes. “And of course, I wasn’t quite able to put a number to it.”
Van Engelen chose to quantify plastic bottles, but the idea could be applied widely.
So he developed a concept for a reusable water bottle, dubbed 999bottles, that would help keep track of non-consumption with a built-in three-dial counter system. Every time the user refilled her bottle, she’d advance the dial one notch. A companion app would allow her to visualize her impact: At eight bottles, she will have amortized her initial purchase. At 147, she has saved $326 and seven gallons of oil; stacked lengthwise, they’d reach the height of a 15-story building.