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Testing innovative approaches for achieving pro-environmental behaviours - Food Loop - EV0514

Food Loop tested how ‘co-design’ (a means to involve people in developing effective solutions) can be used to help residents and Council staff design a ‘closed-loop food waste system’; in which food waste was collected, composted (by means of a ‘rocket composter’), and the compost used to grow fruit and vegetables – a process which operated on the Maiden Lane Estate in Camden, North London.

The overall aim was to provide an easy way for the Maiden Lane residents to separate their food waste by making the results of their actions visible, useful and enjoyable. The research sought to address two hypotheses:

1. A food waste service would operate more effectively if designed in collaboration with those who use the service; and
2. The best way to get people to care about food waste is by making the local benefits of recycling and composting visible.

Food Loop showed how user-led design and implementation can inspire and empower individuals in a small community to design their own solutions to collecting and composting food waste, and growing their own food.

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Defra EVO514 Food Loop Final Report May 2013   (14595k)
• SUM - Summary Report : Defra EVO514 Food Loop Final Summary Report May 2013   (3416k)
• SUP - Supplementary Report : FoodLoop CommunityCodesign   (25847k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2012

Cost: £132,770
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Policy Studies Institute
Behaviour change              
Social Research              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production