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Hosted by the China-Australia Centre of Sustainable Development, and the University of South Australia, Unmaking Waste 2018 focused on the problem of consumption itself, and its role in increasing emissions, resource depletion and environmental degradation. 


Building on the first and highly successful 2015 Unmaking Waste conference, the following themes were addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective:

Eco-Design and Development: Designing, defining and managing objects, buildings, precincts and systems to reduce resource and energy use, and thus increase environmental and human well-being.

Sustainable Consumption: Transforming behaviour, social practices, everyday consumption and service provision, including marketing, to better suit a resource-constrained, environmentally challenged world.

Waste Minimization: Reducing waste and pollution at all scales, in all domains and activities, and in all places, and transforming this waste and pollution into states of greater value for reuse.

Circular Economy: Optimizing social, material and economic relations and the value of goods and services to further the goals of the Circular Economy, including product and environment life-extension, reuse and repair.


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