Blog Post B

We all rely and belong to multitudes of complex systems in our day to day lives. As a designer it is in our nature to approach problems within these systems in a more diverse and broad way, therefore creating innovating solutions. To do this our design solutions are to be effective on more than just a component level, they are required to be formed from a group of interacting, interrelated and interdepended components that form a complex and unified solution’ (Pegasus Communications, 2012)

Case Study:

Sian from EOP approached our team with a problem within the waste management system. Focusing our scope to organic waste, as a means to improve this system, we were given the brief to design a successful kitchen caddy liner that numerous demographics could use and construct on their own.

If done successfully these kitchen caddy liners would encourage residences to divide their organic waste from general waste so it does not arrive in landfill, resulting in the release of toxic greenhouse gasses and further pollution into our water ways.

Our group the Green Tea Leaves was able to successfully meet this brief. A large part of our designs success was due to our teams multidisciplinary backgrounds: integrated product Design (IPD), Visual Communication and Fashion and Textiles design.

Various collaborative approaches like these are encouraged in design thinking and problem solving because some issues are simply too complex for an individual to comprehend and resolve completely (Whyte and Bessant 2007). Our group found after complying with our charter that ‘Exercising collaborative skills and playing to one another’s strengths’ successful as it opened up new approaches and perspectives.

Each of us had different assets to contribute to make our design work, enabling our successful impact within the organic waste system:

IPD: Questioned the true origins of the problem within the overall system, conducted research and made sure our findings were compatible through concise recording methods.
Visual communication: Validated the success of our design, the construction methods needed to be easily and concisely communicated to an array of demographics while also remaining aesthetically pleasing.
Fashion and textiles: Tested the products functionality and aesthetics, utilising there connections with various people and making suitable adjustments when necessary.

Before Sian approached us, the Shoalhaven local council unsuccessfully designed their own Kitchen caddie liner and Flyer. This is a good example of why designers are an important assets within the management of organic waste. We firstly rely on professionals within this fields to understand the system, then we as designers are able to utilise our skillsets (like the ones listed above) to make improvements to the efficiency of already existing or implement new ideas, that people within this field do not have the knowledge about currently. (Checkland,P. & Paulter, J. 2006)

References:

Checkland, P. & Poulter, J. 2006, Learning For Action: A Short Definitive Account of Soft Systems Methodology and Its Use For Practitioner,teachers and students, JohnWiley&Sons, Hoboken.

Whyte, J. & Bessant, J. 2007, Making the Most of UK Design Excellence: Equipping UK designers to succeed in the global economy, Innovation Studies Centre, London.

Pegasus Communications, 2012, What is systems thinking?, Systems thinker, viewed 10th May 2017, .

Post A: Waste Audits

17797388_10211598800659110_1601182031_oKearney, T. 2017, My 24hr Organic Waste Audit, taken 5th April 2017.

Before beginning an organic waste audit it is really important to note what exactly is organic waste? This can be broken down into two sections, firstly what is organics and what is organic waste? The term organic to me is biological living tissue, either plant or meat based, which is grown naturally without any harmful chemicals or additives.

I believe that the notion of organic waste is interpretable as an ongoing lifecycle, it is something that has been grown and then repurposed or recycled at the end of its original lifetime, benefiting another and forever completing a circulative cycle.

However organic waste generally is not intended to include plastics or rubber even though to an organic chemist, these polymers are certainly organic’ (www.wastenet.net.au). Therefore this is why it is important to note my interpretation of what organic waste is when referring to my own organic waste audit.

I found the results of my 24hour organic waste audit interesting as there are a lot of everyday activities that I do which never occurred to me as a waste of resources. The best example of this is my personal hygiene such as going to the toilet, washing my hands, cleaning my teeth, doing the dishes, showering and washing clothes uses a substantial amount of water resources. Combined, all these tasks equate to 100 days of my recommended drinking consumption of water, 200L. Although these are things that I am not willing to give up, there are innovations that can be utilised to reduce this consumption. For example water saving showerhead can save close to 2L of water per minute (2017, http://www.epa.gov).

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Kearney, T. 2017, Canape Food Waste Audit, taken 5th April 2017.

The activity of cooking my food also contributes to a lot of waste. However it is better to refer to my Canapé food waste audit as we can see from the growth of the vegetables to their consumption nine major factors that can contribute to the throwing away of organic waste. It is really shocking to see so much organic waste being produced from my own lunch let alone a mass catered event.

I think it is really important to understand where we create organic waste in our everyday lives and at a mass produced scale so we can try to reduce them and reuse these recourses in an effective way. If we don’t dispose of organic waste correctly it can be added to the ‘limited landfill space, break down into the harmful greenhouse gas called methane and causes leachate that can polite our waterways (http://www.sita.com.au/)

References

Organic waste, Walga Waste Net, Viewed 1st April 2017, <http://www.wastenet.net.au/organic-waste.aspx&gt;

2017 ,Shower Heads,EPA, <https://www.epa.gov/watersense/showerheads&gt;.

2015 ,Organic Waste, NSW EPA ,Viewed 1st April 2017, <http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/organic-waste.htm&gt;

2017, Organic Material, Suez, Viewed 1st April 2017,<http://www.sita.com.au/commercial-solutions/resource-recovery-recycling/organic-material/&gt;