This paper introduces the rationale, frameworks and desired impact for a new Tasmanian-based enterprise titled USED: design=waste=design. This project aims to address waste issues as well as linking the creative sector with new markets and networks. Tasmania lags the national average in resource recovery. Waste continues to increase at unsustainable levels which adversely affects social, environmental, and economic imperatives, and climate change. Within this mix, the Tasmanian government has identified that the creative industries are uniquely positioned as key drivers in innovation for the future economy. In response, USED is aimed at developing pathways towards a circular economy. Drawing from art and design practices, the project focuses on providing practical solutions for critical issues that require urgent attention. Using problematic and ‘perceived’ low-value reprocessed industry, construction and demolition waste, the project will develop, apply, and test new products, materials, and approaches for industry applications in an initiative that positions the creative sector as fundamental to future waste mitigation and management. USED involves a diverse group of Tasmanian designers, makers, and creatives to engage with issues of waste together with industry, policy makers and the cultural sector and tasks them to develop new and transformative applications of recovered materials to evidence the value and viability of otherwise wasted resources.
Creative arts; design; creativity; waste; circular economy; sustainability; innovation; communities of practice; Tasmania