The purpose of the project was to test the application of the MIPS concept in view of a possible sustainability increase in private households. In the first project phase (May 2006 - May 2007) existing MIPS data related to household consumption were gathered and new data were generated on the basis of the needs discovered.
In the second phase (April 2007 - October 2008) 27 voluntary households monitored their own consumption in the field of housing, mobility, tourism, alimentation, household facilities, leisure activities as well as packaging and waste. The MIPS data were applied to calculate the ecological backpacks of the consumption of each household expressed in kg per person per year.
The households participated in focus group interviews after having received the results of the calculations. They gave feedback on the research and the methods used and expressed their opinions on how to direct households' consumption towards sustainability.
In the last project phase, educational and advisory materials based on the project results were generated.
The Wuppertal Institute was involved as a consultant especially with regard to research design, data acquisition and result presentation.