It’s been quite a busy week in MNN news-land with plenty of notable (albeit rather serious) events to report on like President Obama’s HOMESTAR program boosting, the EPA’s decision to declare the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn (my local cesspool) as a Superfund site, and the banning of baked goods at school fundraisers in New York (what?!).

Today I thought I'd blog about something a bit more lighthearted — and slightly less ridiculous. I mean, really? Banning cookies at bake sales because of their nutritional content but allowing Doritos? 

Anyways, to switch it up here’s a look at a design called, appropriately, “Switch Me!” Designed by France’s Josselin Zaïgouche, this device, while certainly not a compulsory item to have around the house, is plenty clever. It’s essentially a mousetrap for light switches, a cheeky energy-reducing novelty item that says don’t you even dare or are you sure you want to do that?

Says Designboom:

It is his [the designer’s] attempt to denounce our society's over-consumption and wasteful habits. 'switch me!' makes you think twice about whether or not you should turn on the light. It is a metaphoric symbol that helps you feel the pain of the planet, making you reconsider how you can contribute to a greener environment.
Again, “Switch Me” is kind of silly, heavily symbolic, and, not a must-have item. However, I’m a big advocate of other objects or gadgets that remind you to mind your household energy it’s an eye-catching switch plate, a triocolor glowing ghost gizmo, or the irritating Ace Plug. Would a mouse-trappy gizmo do the trick for you?

Via [Designboom]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.