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A Systemic Approach to Design for Sustainable and Circular Use of Water in Food Service

Format: Papers, RSD12, RSD12 Papers Pre-release, Topic: Methods & Methodology, Topic: Socioecological Design, Topic: Sociotechnical Systems

Chiara Battistoni

During the investigation of the use of resources such as food, energy, water, and human work in a food service facility through observation studies in a broader research study, water turns out to be the element less considered in all its different uses, especially in the quantity of its wastage. Starting from this finding, this research investigates the water use in the food service sector and its importance for life on the Earth for humans—the 21st-century gold that will become more scarce and expensive in the future. The goal is to understand the contribution of design to a more sustainable and circular use of water in this sector. To answer this question, the research starts with collecting data in the literature about the specific water usage in the industry to frame the problem. Afterwards, it presents case studies on product designs, actions and projects concerning the management of sustainable and circular use of drinkable water. As a result, this research proposes the use of a systemic approach for the research in design for sustainable and circular use of water as a driver for designing different and innovative solutions to close and open circular loops in the food service sector. The approach is based on the nano-micro-meso-macro scale of interventions in the circular economy studies, proposing different potential solutions to close and open loops. It ends with further research questions to implement the draft future scenario proposed.

KEYWORDS: water, food service, systemic design, circular economy, closing resources loops, sociotechnical system

RSD TOPIC(S): Methods & Methodology, Socioecological Design, Sociotechnical Systems

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Author(s): Chiara Battistoni
Year: 2023
Title: A Systemic Approach to Design for Sustainable and Circular Use of Water in Food Service
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/circular-use-of-water
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington DC, USA
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 30 September 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD12

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