The value of waste

Michel van Dartel, Anne Nigten

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This paper argues that a first step in finding a sustainable solution for the pressing global issue of ‘waste’, is to consider waste a value attribution rather than a material condition. Doing so means a shift in focus from finding more efficient ways to ‘clean up the mess’ to changing the way in which value is attributed to things. The paper looks at a selection of recent literature on value systems to identify useful concepts and theory for a value-based solution to waste. Furthermore, art and design are proposed to explore and probe such
potential solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventBalance-Unbalance2015 International Conference - Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …


ConferenceBalance-Unbalance2015 International Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTempe AZ
Period1/01/15 → …


  • arts
  • design
  • waste
  • value


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