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Caterpillar Created Messages

"Love Me" Leaves by Kyung-Ah Park

— March 24, 2008 — Eco
Designer Kyung-Ah Park has come up with a very novel and amusing concept that goes to the heart of the environmental mess human behavior has wrought on the planet.

Caterpillars are known to feed on certain kinds of leaves and Kyung-Ah Park came up with the idea of squeezing honey on the leaves to spell specific words or phrases. The caterpillars eat away the parts of the leaf with the honey and the resulting perforations show the spelled words. What I can't understand is why the caterpillar won't touch the other part of the leaf without the honey. Anyway, the message delivered is not that caterpillars are bad and should be exterminated. It is simply a way to send a message of ecological awareness. A sort of SOS if you will sent by one of the many species that face extermination in the not-so-distant future.


Trend Themes
1. Eco-messaging Caterpillars - Caterpillars being used to spell out eco-messages on leaves could lead to eco-friendly advertising opportunities.
2. Biological Branding - A concept that uses biodegradable materials like leaves to create intentional messages that can represent brands could disrupt traditional branding.
3. Sustainable Promotional Campaigns - Using sustainability in promotional campaigns with eco-messaging caterpillars has the potential to create new opportunities for more sustainable marketing.
Industry Implications
1. Advertising - The advertising industry could utilize eco-messaging caterpillars to create new environmentally friendly marketing campaigns.
2. Packaging - The packaging industry could find innovative ways to use eco-messaging caterpillars to create biodegradable packaging materials.
3. Sustainability and Environmentalism - The use of sustainable and environmentally friendly practices like using eco-messaging caterpillars for educational awareness can bring changes in the way industries approach corporate social responsibility.
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