SCIO, a system to be help us make conscious purchase decisions

Scio is designed to change the current consumer mindset which has been engineered to buy and waste to a more thoughtful one. Using a mobile application and a product which lives and dies by our buying behavior, Scio provides awareness of our spending habits and impact towards our collective future.

Mineral Use: gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, nickel, tantalum, aluminum, tin, zinq

Conflict Space:

Our current culture that has been conditioned to consume is not sustainable. As we produce products driven by new technologies, what new problems will we be making for our collective future?

To reach possible solutions, I de-constructed a rather new product, the “smart” speaker to understand the affects on the Earth itself and the people involved.

Solution Space:

By providing consumers with thoughtful data to promote positive spending and a living product which physically represents our spending choices, Scio can promote change through the power of knowledge. 

Scio Mobile Platform

The Scio mobile platform allows members to shop and dispose of items based on sustainability. The system provides necessary information for members, so that they can conveniently purchase or dispose of their items for positive environmental impact. The better impact, the higher their Scio points. 


Scio Object

Scio Object disintegrates with negative spending or disposal choices and regenerates with positive choices, (the higher your points, the more pristine Scio Object will be). The inspiration behind Scio Object is derived from the Earth itself, using iron powder and magnetism to draw material out and back in.

Scio User

After researching human behavior, planned obsolescence, and circular economy models, it became clear to focus on preventative measures of consumption to design for the future.

The Scio system was designed  for the time in our lives when we are first learning spending behaviors, our college years into young professionalism. Scio’s story follows Nessa through her purchase and disposal decisions through these formative years.

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