Colour coding the fridge to reduce food waste
Farr-Wharton, Geremy, Foth, Marcus, & Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong (2012) Colour coding the fridge to reduce food waste. In Farrell, Vivienne, Farrell, Graham, Chua, Caslon, Huang, Weidong, Vasa, Raj, & Woodward, Clinton (Eds.) Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2012), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 119-122.
This paper introduces the first iteration of a study aimed at grouping similar food types together in a refrigerator to increase the awareness of available foods for consumers in a domestic environment. The goals of the project are twofold: i) Raise the awareness of available foods for all members of a household; ii) Reduce the amount of expired food waste in the household. The project implemented a paper-based colour scheme in refrigerators in households, assigning colours to particular food types (e.g. green to fruit and vegetables, red to meat, etc.). The findings show that the colour coding raised participants’ awareness of available food items in the fridge, particularly for those participants who were not directly involved in the shopping and initial storage of each food item. The findings also indicate that such awareness led to a reduction in expiration of food and thus general food waste in the household. These preliminary findings suggest that raising awareness of food availability through categorisation and efficient communication of this information may lead to a reduction in food waste in domestic environments.
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