Beyond being green: simple living families and ICT
Paper in proceedings, 2013

Motivated by a need in sustainable HCI for studies of everyday practices, and a belief that a holistic view on sustainability is crucial to deeper understanding of how to design ICT to support sustainability, we here present a qualitative study of 11 simple living families in the US. Simple living refers to a lifestyle which is voluntarily simple out of concern for both the environment and quality of life. Our goal was to learn about a holistic view on sustainability and the role of ICT in helping and hindering families to live simply. The study contributes new insights about how holistic sustainability could be a valuable lens for HCI, revealing that sustainability is important to a wider range of areas in HCI than previously discussed. We conclude with implications for HCI for how to support sustainable practices beyond being "about" being green.


holistic sustainability

qualitative studies

sustainable hci

simple living



Maria Håkansson

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)

Phoebe Sengers

Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13)


Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Human Computer Interaction





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