Department of Business Development and Technology

OptiWash: A Constructive Inquiry on Maintenance of Washing Machines as an Everyday Practice

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Electrical and electronic equipment is the fastest growing waste stream globally, and large appliances such as washing machines significantly contribute to this environmental problem. Therefore, we look into maintenance as a practice to improve the lifecycle and circularity of washing machines. To inquire into maintenance practices, we undertook the development of a series of prototypes with a constructive design research approach. The design of the prototypes incorporated nudge and persuasive technologies as part of the inquiry. We present this inquiry for understanding the gap between an everyday engagement with the washing machine and the necessary maintenance practices for prolonging the use and durability of these appliances. The final prototype, OptiWash, is presented not only as an object that characterizes this gap but also as a device for facilitating the everyday maintenance of washing machines and thus, prolonging the equipment lifespan and minimizing waste of electrical and electronic equipment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2022
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
EventThe Design Research Society Conference 2022 - University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 25 Jun 20223 Jul 2022
Conference number: 24th
https://www.drs2022.org/

Conference

ConferenceThe Design Research Society Conference 2022
Number24th
LocationUniversity of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
CountrySpain
CityBilbao
Period25/06/202203/07/2022
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    Research areas

  • Electronic Waste, Maintenance, Nudge, Behavioural change, Constructive Design Research

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