999bottles is a concept design from Artefact that lets you count what you’ve saved and then visualize it with a smartphone app.
This conceptual design project by Fernd Van Engelen at Artefact is a reusable water bottle with dials to let you count how many bottles you’ve saved by using it. 999bottles track your progress and accomplishments, visualize the impact, and add a social element to get you more motivated.
The three dials (count 000-999) allow you to keep track of how many times you re-use the bottle. Every time you refill the bottle, you can advance the dial one notch. A companion app for a smartphone or website helps visualize your environmental impact and as you adjust the dials, the app will interpret it for you. At 8 bottles, you will have amortized your initial purchase, 15 bottles is a stack about as tall as a giraffe. At 147, the bottles you have not consumed have saved you $326 and 7 gallons of oil. Stacked on top of each other that would be the height of a 15 story building.
Social media could provide people with additional encouragement, either by competing against one another or joining forces to measure collective impact. The idea could also be applied to count the impact of other activites, such as the heavy metals you save from the landfill by using re-chargeable batteries, or the fuel you save by cycling or taking public transit instead of driving your own car.