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A Minor Field study on facilitating the handling of used PET water bottles in Uganda
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En fältstudie för att främja hanteringen av förbrukade PET vattenflaskor i Uganda (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This is a Minor Fields Study (MFS) project with the aim to facilitate the handling of empty PET bottles in Uganda.

The eight weeks in Uganda gave an insight in how products are produced and how the waste surplus material is managed by local producers as well as factories. During the time in Uganda a problem concerning waste management of used PET-bottles was discovered as well as a need for a concept that facilitates the handling of PET bottles in restaurants and hotels.

This thesis describes the development of a product prototype, which is designed by following product design process and from the knowledge gathered in Uganda. The product is designed to be manufactured and used in Uganda. The main purpose of the product is to compress used PET-bottles, to accomplish a size reduction. This will make it easier to gather the bottles and transport them to a recycling plant. 

Abstract [sv]

Detta är ett Minor Field Study (MFS) projekt som har resulterat i en prototyp till en produkt som ska underlätta hanteringen av använda PET-flaskor i Uganda.

Projektet påbörjades i Uganda under 8 veckors tid, där man undersökte hur restmaterial hanteras i lokala verkstäder och fabriker. Då uppmärksammades ett stort behov av ett koncept som underlättar hanteringen av PET flaskor, främst i restauranger och hotell.

Denna rapport beskriver hur en prototyp har utvecklats utifrån produktdesign metodik och erfarenheter i fält. Prototypen är utvecklad på så vis att den ska kunna byggas och användas i Uganda. Produktens huvuduppgift är att trycka ihop använda PET flaskor vilket medför en storleksminskning. Detta i sin tur underlättar förvaringen av flaskorna men underlättar också transporten till en återvinningsanläggning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , p. 55
Keyword [en]
Minor Field Study, product development in Uganda, handling PET-bottles
Keyword [sv]
fältstudie, produktutveckling i Uganda, hantering av PET-flaskor
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Engineering and Technology Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29216Local ID: MSID:2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-29216DiVA: diva2:652503
Educational program
Study Programme in Innovation and Design Engineering
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