Dematerialising urban households for long-term greenhouse savings

The project team will map out the existing pathways for the exchange of second hand commodities and identify both motivations for and barriers to participation in second hand exchanges. Using this information, appropriate means will be developed by which second hand commodities generally, and commodities with high greenhouse costs in particular, can have their useable life spans increased through reuse. Social sustainability issues will be considered throughout the research and will contribute to the identification of priority commodities for reuse.
The specific project aims are:

  1. To identify the wide range of pathways that commodity items may currently travel through as second hand goods and the different values they hold for successive owners;
  2. To compile greenhouse gas emissions budgets for a wide range of household commodity items currently entering landfill;
  3. To identify priority items for promoting reuse and identify key barriers to change in existing practice; and
  4. To engage with stakeholders to develop practical policy approaches to promote greater reuse of targeted domestic commodities.
Start By 30 June 2007
Completed By 30 December 2009
Researcher(s) Ralph Horne
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia