Post B:Caddy Design Reflection

A reflective blog for the caddie project.

-How can different design disciplines contribute to organic waste solutions?

Because of the development of technology and improvement of our living standards, issues have become more and more complicated. The issue of dealing with organic waste is sophisticated and compound. It has integrated different aspects. To deal with this issue, designers have to look at it from different perspectives, making a exhaustive solution for this issue. In this project, out group members are from different design disciplines, we have product designers, visual communication designers and fashion designers. The common insight of design can make sure we can have good communications We use different design methods for the issue, and also each of us have different skills to design the system comprehensively.


-Why is it important to include designers in the management of organic waste?

 Designers are problem solvers. In my opinion, design is not only about creating new products, but also seeking solutions and making services and systems to support the users to improve their daily lives. Environmental issues are more serious in this rapidly growing society, and everyone produces tons of waste in daily life. The way how we disposal our waste is significant, and it relevant to our environment. The advanced insights of designers can generate comprehensive ideas for waste management. Design methods we learnt is actually a methodology of solving problems, and it can deal with the organic waste issues effectively.

New Doc 2017-05-08_1.jpgTo create a construction of the whole design process make the project look concise and easy to handle, and then Figuring out the context of the target can let designers know the reason why the issue exist, such as where is the organic waste from, and where they go. Once designers have handle the problem, ideas will come behind. Prototypes and interviews help designers to refine the system design, that’s why it is so important to include designers into the management of organic waste.


-What contribution does design make to thinking about systems? to changing systems? to inventing systems?

 Design generates ideas. I think new ideas are the key point of contribution from designers. A design process is integrated and complicated, but the outcome must be user-friendly: easy to understand, easy to use, efficient during use. As a design student, the existing systems have been refined for many years, they are not bad but still have some bugs to fix. We need to think deeper than users.

New Doc 2017-05-08_2.jpgDesigners need to think how is the system going, and record the problems while using it. I think changing systems is about finding the problems, fixing the problem, refining the system. The existing recycling system is restricted by many conditions of our modern social environment. Designers must be smarter to improve it. If there is no other way to improve, inventing a new system will be a final solution. By using design methods, re-collecting information and re-researching the issues(problems change in pace with time) can help designers to create a new and better system for users.




MITRE no date, Viewed System Design and Development, Viewed 5 May 2017, <;.


Yong. J, 2011, Design is About Solving Problems, viewed 6 May 2017, <;.

Post A:Organic waste audit


Dealing with waste is getting more serious for the modern society. It is about our planet and off-springs. Everyone produces waste especially during eating. $8-$10 billion of food is wasted in Australia every year. Eating might looks simple but there is a tremendous process to support the whole industry chain. I have recorded my one day organic food waste audit to briefly show what is my daily organic waste; how to deal with and finally to evaluate different criteria to solve different situations in the future.

Me and foodfood

I only buy what I need in 2 days, so I go shopping food quite frequent. I divide my food to 3 main kinds which are fruits and vegetables for vitamins, carbohydrates for energy and protein sources. Because I go to the gym 6 times a week, so I eat quite clean which means a low salt and sugar, almost no additional fat diet. I have been followed the very rigorous routine for 2 years(I have cheat days sometimes). I eat 4-5 meals a day which is a little bit different to other people.

IMG_20170403_230001my meals in 1 day

I barely waste cooked food, but some food in the fridge might be wasted. For example, I don’t like very sweet bananas. If there are black dots on a banana, I will throw them into the bin. Sometimes, some food just looks not good, but still eatable, they might also be wasted too. The scraps of food such as shells, peels and bones are the main organic waste in my daily life. They cannot be reusable. The best way to disposal them is to compost the scraps to reuse them. But I have no other option to deal with them, especially when I’m living in an apartment. Sorting the waste is better for disposal than mixing everything up.


The waste of appendages during shopping and using is also a serious problem to solve. Every time during shopping, so many plastic bags will be wasted, small green bags for bulk food, big grey bags to carry items. Some of the plastic bags are recyclable, but most of them have to be land filed. The oven is my favorite kitchenware, but every time a piece of aluminum foil is needed. Although aluminum foil is recyclable, but it need to be cleaned. Used aluminum foil is unrecyclable. For me, the biggest part of organic waste is the appendants. They might be not ‘organic’, but they come with everyday’s consumption.4

too many apendages

Personal behaviors

Our personal behaviors are also important to drive the way of waste. Shopping without thinking is normal to all of us, which could cause unnecessary waste. Saving food is also saving money. During shopping, a carry bag can replace plastic bags, and also it works in cafes with own cups. Reducing use of oven could save one-off aluminum foils. Calculate daily calorie intake is another way to avoid organic waste. The average adult daily intake is around 2000 Calories, and it also depends on the age and body weight. After I get used to this, I can estimate how much food do I need for the next meal.

 Evaluation & Conclusion

According to the UTS waste manage plan-the waste hierarchy, I have list 4 ways to avoid organic waste.

Reduce: Not buying unnecessary food is a basic way to void waste.

Reuse: Shopping with own bags to carry items; Organic waste can be fertilizer for plants.

Recycling: Buy food with recyclable packages; Use recyclable products such as wooden chopsticks if no other option.

Disposal: the last and less favored option.

the organic wastes and solutions

Book launch

less waste, less energy cost, new strategy.


ABC NEWS 2013, Do Australians waste $8 billion worth of edible food each year?, Sydney, viewed 2 April 2017, <;.

Australian Goverment 2015, EAT FOR HEALTH CALCULATORS, Canberra, Viewed 2 April 2017, <;.

Government of South Australia, Four easy ways to recycle your food scraps, Perth, Viewed 3 April 2017, <;.

OZHARVEST 2013, Sydney, viewed 1 April 2017, <;.

UTS 2013, WASTE MANAGE PLAN 2013-2015, Sydney, Viewed 22 March 2017, <;.