Post B: Group caddie design Reflection

 

Mikaela Rundle

As a group we were asked to find a solution to the waste caddie design, using news paper as a package to contain the organic waste. The design brief outlined the importance of keeping the design, simple and clean. There was discussion about making sure the newspaper design was easy to remove from the caddie, sturdy and would be easy to carry to the organic waste bin in each household. Focusing our attention around the lifestyle of the users, we looked into our own home and relationship to the food caddie. Taking notes on our behaviours, such as how often we needed to clean the caddie lining, how often we used it and how much time realistically would be put into making the newspaper. The Caddie newspaper design needed to encapsulated all the key important values we decided as a group to focus on. We felt that most importantly the design needed to be simple and completed under 5 minutes, as we felt that anymore time would mean the design would not be made during a busy life of a user.

We workshopped a variety of designs, constantly referring to our goal of a fast and effective solution. We started with folding the newspaper in a variety of ways that would strengthen the form. Using traditional Origami as inspiration for our designs, we discovered that a cone shape held a lot of waste and mass. Due to the layers of folds the waste after a few days didn’t weaken the bottom, allowing easy and safe transfer from the caddie to the bin. We also got inspired by street food, that used this similar cone shape to contain food.

As a group we felt our design was going to be successful after our own personal research and assessment of the design. When creating our video and explanation sheet, we felt it was vital to keep our instructions simple, which could allow children to be able to understand and create the design. The design sheet was refined, making sure that there was enough steps, that were easy to understand. We also created a scan on the sheet that linked to the video, this combination of video, text and images, was effective and easy to follow. We tested our sheet and video on a variety of our family members, with positive feed back. The design was effective because we had a variety of in put from all members of the team, using their own skills in design and research to produce the final design.

Waste in 24 Hours

As a Uni Student, I find that my waste is often small as am very thrifty with my food waste as it saves money and is more time efficient. I am often rushed and run out of time to prepare healthy meals so I usually bring fruit or nuts to Uni for lunch so Today, instead of buying a coffee, to save money and time I decided to make an instant coffee. There is little waste, as i re-wash my cup instead of using a plastic cup that will be thrown away at a cafe. Coffee ground is able to be put into composting, broken down and then put back into nature. This is important because, “coffee grounds are sent to landfill, decompose to produce methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide” (Business Recycling Australia, 2010). 

I like to wash the glass containers the coffee comes in once i have finished the coffee, and reuse them for sugar or salt. This is environmentally friendly as i am reusing the container instead of buying more plastic, its thrifty also. Then I have some blue berries, often if some are a little soft or old blue berries will just throw them away in the compost bin for my worms, then place the plastic in the recycling bin.

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Lunch

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I like to eat healthy during the day, eating small meals of mostly fruit and vegetables. I had a cucumber, banana, walnuts and some dates for lunch. The end of the cucumber i throw in the Bin at Uni, the walnuts that i finished i just throw the empty packet in the rubbish. Then the Banana and dates, the skin i throw in the bin and the nuts i usually leave in the container and throw the whole thing out at the end of the day all together. Not having an organic place to but my rubbish disappointing, because “approximately half of household waste is organic. The composting turns waste into rich soil supplement for use in my garden” ( Clean up. org, 2009)

Dinner

My mother usually cooks dinner, which means there is little waste as she is a very good cook and often has made the meal before, “preparing, and preparation before hand,  means the waste will be less”( Green cook). Tonight was Mexican, The meat mix, includes a carrot, beans and mince and some spices. I throw the cans in the recycling and the the carrot bottoms i but aside for my worms. The taco shells box is placed in the recycling, and then then the skin of the avocado if left in the worm bin, the lettuce and tomatoes are put back in the fridge for reuse of there are some left. Any left overs, are reused the next day for lunches for my brother and sister.

Reference:

http://businessrecycling.com.au/recycle/coffee-grounds

https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_wormfarming_fact_sheet.pdf

http://www.green-cook.org/Local-Food-Less-Waste.html

Mikaela Rundle

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