Waste Reduction: Providing Options to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Bottle Usage
Comeau, Jonathan Karl
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Industrial Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Industrial Design
Bibliography: pages 81-88
"This paper explores existing packaging solutions with an eye towards their effects on landfill and finding a means of reducing the waste sent to landfills. It will also look at methods and models of behavior change techniques and how they can be used to design solutions that will encourage people to adopt new behaviors. Factors that will be considered include barriers to behavior change, human behavior and motivations to change behavior, and existing models of BCTs (behavior change techniques). The research will use surveys and interviews with users as well as expert interviews to understand current behavior and suggested alternatives. The study will also look at current packaging solutions to see where they fall short in sustainable practices and how they enable unsustainable behavior. Alternative packaging solutions will be studied to see how they can build sustainable behaviors in people and limit the amount of waste that is sent to landfills. Ultimately, the study will, after exploring behavioral and industrial factors, propose a solution that will reduce waste sent to landfills."
Keywords: behavior change, waste reduction, sustainability, design, waste generation, recycling, behavior intervention, plastics, packaging, recycling, reuse
CHAIR: Wittkamp, Joel
PDF : 94 pages, color illustrations
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