Drink organ

Collecting cups and making music

How can we influence visitors to help around the waste problem around festival fields?


Design Research
Electronics & Arduino
Interaction design


Mrt. 2016 - Juli. 2016


Welcome To The Village


Bernadet Kruidhof
Eva Cremers
Titik Wahyuni
Wilco van der Leeuw

Event organizers struggle with it every time. How do I get it greener? The thousands of visitors leave behind a huge pile of trash, mountains of plastic cups, crockery, and food scraps at every event. But how can we positively influence visitors to deal with this waste consciously? For festival Welcome to the Village me and my team were asked to design a solution for this waste problem.

Research festival visitors

We did user research on the target group. Things that they found important at the festival was good music, being with friends, having new experiences, and having fun. We chose to tackle one of the biggest polluters, namely the waste from plastic drinking cups.

Drinkorgan concept

In the Netherlands, you have the typical street organ that makes music. With on the wooden cylinder you have metal pins to control the organ's music. What if those pins were holes, in which plastic cups can be collected, but also directly music can be made as a street organ.


Collecting plastic cups + music

So to say, why not create a drinking organ. You can put your empty drinks in a hole of the organ and the organ will then make a sound. Each hole has its own sound. To stimulate people, it will make as a whole a music piece, if it’s completely full. As a collective effort friends could do this together with each other and party at the same time on the music.


So don’t throw your cups on the ground, but make together a music piece with the drinking organ. And that they did. Young and old, people were dancing, turning and mixing. And a lot of cups were collected at the end.

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