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Tensions and Opportunities: An Activity Theory Perspective on Date and Storage Label Design through a Literature Review and Co‐Creation Sessions
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Karlstad universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6469-9947
School of Design, RMIT University, Melbourne.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2509-5945
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9819-1009
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2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, no 3, p. 1-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On-pack date and storage labeling is one of the direct information carriers used by the food industry to communicate product shelf-life attributes to consumers. However, it is also one of the major factors that contribute to consumer food waste issues. This study aims to systematically understand the existing tensions within the current date and storage labeling system and explore the potential opportunities for design to intervene. First, we conducted a literature review to identify tensions that the consumer encounters in their food edibility assessment system and summarize the corresponding proposal for actions. 12 tensions and 16 proposals for action were identified and further framed according to a conceptual model developed in this study. Following this, the literature findings were refined and grounded in co-creation sessions in consumer workshops and industry practitioner interviews to develop specific labeling-related design implications. The findings indicate the importance of investigating the role that date and storage labeling play from a system level. Furthermore, we suggest that the conceptual model developed in this study can be used not only as a framework that guides researchers to identify and analyze labeling-related food waste problems that each individual consumer encounters, but also as a guideline that assists packaging design practitioners in exploring potential design opportunities to solve the problem from a system perspective.

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2020. no 3, p. 1-40
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packaging design; date labels; food waste; design for sustainable behavior; activity theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-163543DOI: 10.3390/su12031162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-163543DiVA, id: diva2:1392529
Available from: 2020-02-07 Created: 2020-02-07 Last updated: 2020-02-07

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