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Yellow Canteen

Award: Yellow Pencil

Yellow Pencil / Spatial Design / Public Spaces / 2024

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Impact / Local Solution

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Spatial Design / Creative Use of Budget

Award: Shortlist

Shortlist / Creative Transformation / Spaces

Award: Shortlist

Shortlist / Impact / Creative Use of Budget

Flies can transmit up to 65 diseases, including deadly typhoid. Open-air school canteens make children highly vulnerable to flies, and poor mealtime hygiene puts them at risk.

Dulux wanted to help. Through research, a solution was found: Flies hate yellow. We tested food on two tables—one painted in yellow, the other untouched. Astonishingly, flies were only drawn to the non-yellowed table.

We then transformed school canteens by painting tables, benches, and walls in yellow. The result? The Yellow Canteens effectively repelled flies, creating a healthier dining environment for students.

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