Wealth to Waste

waste to wealth presentation (4) Link to presentation.


Wealth to waste project, 3 visual communication students and 1 fashion student working on a transdisciplinary design brief, designing an organics waste recycling system at UTS.


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The research phase included reflecting on personal blog posts,reflecting on our attitudes towards our daily audits.

As a group we collectively agrees that we knew very little about the issues surrounding organic waste management when undertaking this project. To enrich and further our understanding as a group we collectively reflected on our individual research that took form of blog posts and a reflection undertaken of a daily audit of our organic waste.

other forms included

  • Mapping
  • Surveys
  • focus groups with students from the DAB.
  • analysing current systems in place.
  • Observations and interactions in which people undertaken when discarding food waste.
Collectively as a group we decided that we wanted to focus on students behaviour regarding waste.

What we concluded from the research phase, was that people are withdrawn from the process of discarding waste. We are apart of a throw-away society obsessed with over consumption and convenience in which we rely on our muscle memories, which presented the challenge and goal to change students in the DAB behaviours and actions around organic waste.

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Its our school we have the influence which makes us the students the core stake holders in this project.
Mapping the stake holders
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proposal for an interactive installation piece for the DAB community to interact with.


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focus on coffee grounds and disposable coffee cups.

Cafe in the DAB building makes around 1,000 coffees a day, and 900 of them are in takeaway cups in which only the lid can be recycled, in-which as a group none of us knew of this fact neither did and 100% of students surveyed in the DAB knew.

My personal collection of coffee grounds collected over a week in an organic waste audit


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Mock-up for installation

Our goal of our installation piece is the encourage the DAB community to think twice before throwing away, by using large typography will visually engage people interacting in the space as 39% of our brains are dedicated to visuals.


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Interactive installation to engage all senses to create a discussion around organic waste.
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In creating this installation we hope it will engage and educate the DAB community in the lack of understanding when it comes to organic waste management and change the behaviours of people surrounding waste.

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