The Closed Loop Experiment
Read below … or watch this video to learn about the Closed Loop:
Krystal Persaud – The Closed Loop Experiment from Alfredo Aponte on Vimeo.
The name the “Closed Loop” originated from something called The “Closed Loop Experiment”. The “Closed Loop Experiment” was an industrial design research project I started when I studied abroad in Lund, Sweden from February-June of 2009. The goal of the Closed Loop Experiment was to simulate a landfill in my room and learn how to reduce by individual trash output to zero.
Basically, I didn’t take out the trash for 5 months and analyzed why so many designers design products that end up in landfills. Now Closed Loop it is turning into a one-woman-consulting show. I have done some environmental consulting at one company so far, but am hoping to build up some clients.
When I grow up I would like to do industrial design research pertaining to sustainable products.
My “Closed Loop” Logic >>
In an ideal world, every house is essentially a “closed loop”. I use the phrase “closed loop” meaning that the input = the output. (Ex- a closed electrical circuit cannot produce more than the battery power that supplies it. In a closed ecological system, any waste produced is consumed by another species).
Each house is part of a neighborhood/surrounding area that is its own closed loop. Each neighborhood area is in a state which should be another larger loop. Each state in a country, each country in a continent… until eventually the world is a closed loop. Except, right now, the world is a closed loop..and that isn’t changing. Unless we wanna go the WALL-E route and start living in space.
But if every house is an open loop for example, its output is greater than a closed system can handle, so it needs an outlet of some kind (garbage). So if houses in neighborhoods in states in countries in continents on the planet are producing a greater output in one giant open system… where is it going? After all, the earth is a closed system.
So I decided to bring this idea home, literally, to really understand it. For the 5 months that I spent in Sweden, I lived by the “Closed Loop Experiment”.
Rules of the “Closed Loop Experiment”:
Rule 1: Waste = food
+ Everything brought into my apartment stays in my apartment except things that biodegrade and can directly return to the earth (ex-food, compost)
Rule 2: Take in the trash
+ Never take out the trash.
Rule 3: Recycle
+ Things that can be recycled locally like paper, plastics, and aluminum can be taken out of the apartment once a month.
Rule 4: Repurpose
+ Only recycle things that cannot be used again! Always try to re-use anything before throwing it in the trash or recycling bin.
Check out Archives for February through June for direct results of the “Closed Loop Experiment”!
Here are 2 PDFs I presented to my class showing my ideas and progress: