Although the City of San Francisco imposes mandatory residential composting our municipal waste is still comprised of 30-40% organic matter. This organic matter trapped in landfill produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Conversely, composting organic matter has the extreme opposite effect. It puts nitrogen back in the soil and fertilizing plants that sequester Carbon. It is one of the simplest ways an individual can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas. It is how many people doing small things can create big results.
With the compost bin as the nominal subject, my thesis explores ways to leverage use of compostable materials, foster behavior change and reconnect humans to the ecology. Through a digital component it aims to raise awareness of the “long view” in conjunction with a sense of game play, as well as, speculative futures for nutrient rich organic waste.