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Ananya Guru and Neha Mandlik

Efforts to remanufacture and reuse can drive the much-needed change in industrial production practices to reduce the dependency on virgin wood as a raw material and aid natural resource regeneration. Remanufacture and reuse are required to foster a well-functioning ecosystem and to push back the adverse effects of climate change for a hopeful future. 

Through systemic design mapping, it was observed that utilising residue from one industry as a raw material for new processes can provide an integrated solution to multiple issues at the source (Figure 1). It can reduce waste generation, create value for residual material to improve its recovery, reduce marginal cost and improve production efficiency. The proposed interventions align with the UN SDGs 8 and 12. As recommended by SDG 8 (Goal 8 |Department of Economic and Social Affairs, n.d.-b), it impacts economic productivity by contributing to diversification and innovation. The systemic approach aligns with SDG 12 (Goal 12 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs, n.d.) as it attempts to reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction and reuse to move towards sustainable production methods. The solution also focuses on improving our reliance on natural resources, contributing positively to SDG 12.

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Author(s): Ananya Guru and Neha Mandlik
Year: 2023
Title: Residue to Resource
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/residue-to-resource
Host: Georgetown University
Location: ONLINE
Symposium Dates: February 26–May 6, 2024
First published: 30 December 2023
Last update: February 01, 2024
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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