Pretty Recycle-bags


Garbage Bag Art Work trash bags aim to transform Japan’s unsightly neighborhood garbage collection points into instant works of disposable art. Produced by design agency MAQ, the bags come in three patterns — trees, fish and flowers — and they are colored to match Japan’s official color codes for various types of waste, each of which are collected on different days. Green is for recyclable trash, blue is for non-burnable and red is for burnable, so while livening up the appearance of trash heaps, the bags also remind neighbors about what trash day it is. Packs of ten 45-liter bags sell for 380 yen (about $3) at a select few Tokyu Hands and Loft outlets in Tokyo, or they can be purchased online here (Japanese).

To ponder: does making garbage bags prettier encourage people to recycle? Shown above are graphic-coded trash bags – one each for burnable, non-burnable and recyclable trash. Pretty artwork would certainly beautify the pile (we wish you didn’t have that much to dump though) – and this is perhaps much more emotionally engaging than the standard, stark (no doubt clear) coding systems like stark blue, yellow and green color-coded bags. More arty and less town-council-y.

Work done by design agency MAQ. [via Pink Tentacle]

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