Integrating Upcycling in the Industrial Design Programme as an Alternative Approach to Mitigate Environmental Challenges in Botswana

Thatayaone Mosepedi, Gerald Kennedy

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This study investigates the potential of integrating upcycling in the industrial design programme in Botswana as an alternative approach to mitigate environmental challenges. Upcycling is a creative process that converts waste materials or discarded products into new materials or products of higher quality, functionality, or environmental value. This research aims to identify both the opportunities and challenges of implementing upcycling in industrial design education, and its potential to create a sustainable, eco-friendly industry in Botswana. The study adopts a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews with educators, students, and industry professionals. The findings reveal that integrating upcycling in the industrial design programme has the potential to address environmental concerns, stimulate innovation, and promote sustainable practices in Botswana. However, certain challenges, such as lack of awareness, inadequate infrastructure, and limited funding, need to be addressed to ensure the successful implementation of upcycling in the curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Upcycling Research
EditorsKyungeun Sung, Richie Moalosi
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Oct 2023
EventInternational Upcycling Festival 2024 - De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 202412 Apr 2024


ConferenceInternational Upcycling Festival 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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