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Designing the Future: An Intelligent System for Zero-Mile Food Production by Upcycling Wastewater

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Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Department of Biology, Tor Vergata University, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engeneering, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Milano University, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Presented at the Economy, Sustainable Development and Energy International Conference (ESDEIC), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 25–27 June 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(22), 1367; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2221367
Published: 21 November 2018
The project deals with the environmental problem of water consumption. The aim of this work is to experiment the recycling of dishwasher wastewater through its reuse in growing edible vegetables or ornamental plants; this can also accomplish the valorization of nutrients present in the wastewater. This new process allows to ensure washing functions coupled with vegetables production and to affect users’ environmental awareness and habits, following a user-centered system design approach to understand the users and involve them actively in the system development. The presented work is also aimed to experiment a multidisciplinary approach in order to face environmental problems.
Keywords: dishwasher wastewater upcycling; plant growth; User Centered Design dishwasher wastewater upcycling; plant growth; User Centered Design
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Costa, F.; Amati, A.; Antonelli, M.; Cocetta, G.; Mauro, M.D.; Ferrante, A.; Krasojevic, K.; Mangiarotti, R.; Meraviglia, M.; Nebuloni, A.; Perego, P.; Sironi, R.; Spanu, F.; Standoli, C.E.; Vignati, G.; Volonté, P.; Ziyaee, M.; Migliore, L. Designing the Future: An Intelligent System for Zero-Mile Food Production by Upcycling Wastewater. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1367.

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