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Can Design Help Solve Our “Wicked” Problem of Waste?

We can start by teaching design students to make the connection between abstract concepts, the design process, and environmental impact.

We have a wicked problem. As a society we waste an awful lot of materials. Consider, for instance, the sheer volume of packaging that hits the recycling bin after we open cheap consumer electronics and then replace them in rapid succession, and discard easily. Yes, we can recycle, but we’re still using a lot of raw materials when we don’t…