Internet of Things for a sustainable food-packaging ecosystem insights from a business perspective

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(From the abstract)

Managing waste in a sustainable way is a challenge in our symbiotic society. This study focuses on developing a sustainable solution for the waste management of disposable food packaging. For the proposed solution, the designed model is an amalgam of the Internet of Things technologies together with alternative methodologies for managing in a sustainable manner the disposable food containers. Meanwhile, the solution promotes the development of localized socio-economic ecosystems for a circular economy.
A blueprint has been developed based on systematic analysis of the acquired qualitative and quantitative data in addition to a pilot run in the city of Uppsala, Sweden for verifying its viability. It is found that the proposed model although tested on small scale is feasible upon consideration of the local society’s habitual gestures and peculiarities.

After the announcement of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), more and more companies and societies are taking proactive steps towards developing sustainable solutions.
The motivation for this study is to enable the higher steps of [recycling], which is reuse. This is enabled with the utilization of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for improving the efficiency of the process.

M. Beliatis, N. Lohacharoenvanich, A.A. Aagaard, K. Acharya and M. Presser

Aarhus University

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