The project will look at plastic in a systems perspective and investigate how the consumption of plastic products in everyday life can be reduced.
The project REDUCE is an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from the fields of design, sociology and history as well as a number of companies and organizations. Together, they will look at plastic in a systems perspective and investigate how the consumption of plastic products in everyday life can be reduced.
The project will focus on three consumption areas where a lot of plastic is used:
- hygiene products
- leisure products
- products related to childhood, such as toys
As is well known, the plastic we use the most is made from non-renewable carbon resources associated with large greenhouse gas emissions – namely oil. In addition, very little of the plastic we use is currently recyclable. Some plastics leak harmful chemicals and microplastics, and litter the landscape and the sea - therefore we must reduce its consumption.
At the same time, plastic is a marvellous material that can be used for almost anything, shaped and coloured in an infinity of possibilities. In some products, plastic is by far the most suitable material, and will continue to be so for some time to come, until we find an alternative that can match its properties. These are not the products that are focused on in REDUCE.
Rather, the emphasis is on products where there already exist alternatives or where they can be developed. By looking at plastic from different perspectives related to consumers' everyday lives, political regulations and processes, and product development in business – the project aims to identify barriers and opportunities to reduce plastic consumption in the future.
The project will contribute knowledge about:
- how political framework conditions affect plastic consumption
- how plastic products are part of consumers' everyday lives
- how the role of plastic has developed historically and what it means for consumption today
- innovation opportunities through (re) design of systems, products and services, future scenarios and Designerly Living Labs
Participants at SIFO
Participants at OsloMet
- Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, OsloMet
- Green Leap at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH
- University of Bristol
- The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
- Norwegian Environment Agency
- Friends of the Earth Norway
- The Norwegian Trekking Association
- LOOP – Stiftelsen for kildesortering og gjenvinning
- Unikum design
- CleanCup AS
- Bergans of Norway
- Bergensområdets interkommunale renovasjonsselskap BIR AS
- Hans Torgersen & sønn AS