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(image) Light plant
Thompson. P and Sherwin. C, 2001

'Light Plants'

This concept was one of 6 generated by a team of Electrolux designers, with support from Cranfield University, for the EcoKitchen Competition (1998).

'Light plants' educate the user about energy use. They are communicators of environmental principles, a functional reminder of resource use. Left on a windowsill they collect and store solar energy, and when placed on the table emit stored energy as light.

Source: Thompson, P. and Sherwin, C.  (2001) 'Awareness' Sustainability by industrial design, in: Charter, M.  and Tischner, U. (eds.) 'Sustainable Solutions - Developing Products and Services for the Future',  Greenleaf Publishing Ltd, Sheffield, UK, pp.349-363.