Ever wished an object could tell its story? That’s the idea behind Oxfam’s unique pilot scheme, Oxfam Shelflife. Powered and based on the idea behind Tales of Things, the Oxfam Shelflife app uses QR codes to enable the public to discover the stories behind Oxfam’s donated, ethical and Unwrapped products, and even share their own stories for the items they donate.
The project is the latest innovation from Oxfam which promotes sustainability by encouraging people to look beyond disposable consumerism. The stories behind vintage and second-hand items are all part of their desirability. At the moment these stories can be lost when an item is acquired by a new owner but Oxfam Shelflife enables the stories to stay with the items in a more long-lasting way.
How does it work? Take a look at the Oxfam Shelflife intro:
We will have more on Shelflife in coming days/weeks as well a news on a new ‘Powered by Tales of Things’ site coming soon, created via the new API.
Head over to http://shelflife.oxfam.org.uk/ to view some of the hundreds of objects donated with stories.