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Household medicines, like all types of hazardous waste, require proper disposal. However, that is often not the case. It is estimated, according to researchers, that roughly 20% of drugs consumed at home are disposed of in the conventional sewage system or simply thrown away. In the face of this problem, the present study intends to explore the disposal of household medicines in the city of Betim, Minas Gerais, with a specific focus on the voluntary proper disposal program created by the city. In addition, the research intends to explore the state-of-the-art relationship between circular design and the handling of residential pharmaceutical waste. The research takes a qualitative approach and includes a case study, descriptive in nature. The expected outcomes are a description of the home waste disposal program as well as a theoretical cross-reference of design and waste management.

Authors: Aline Rodrigues Fonseca, Rita de Castro Engler, Armindo de Souza Teodósio, Luiz Fernando de Freitas Júnior, Mariana Costa Laktim, Travis Higgins

Circular Economy-CE is a systemic change that builds resilience in the long term, creates business opportunities and innovative solutions for the economy, providing environmental and social improvements. However, CE guidelines do not include how to deal with the systemic design of 'circular relations', that should involve the low-income population, as promoters and actors of sustainable development, imperative in emerging economies such as Brazil. This article investigates the lack of theoretical and practical structures, in the convergence between CE and design, which may guide the design of circular, systemic relations for socio-ethical development, proposing a bibliographic review of the CE concepts and guidelines, along with a brief evolutionary description of the approaches of Design for sustainability. Finally, present Brazilian case studies to discuss the power of organized vernacular actions for the inclusion and social development of the marginalized members of society, favoring socioeconomic development in an ethical and equitable way of needy communities within CE systems.

Authors: Priscilla R. Lepre, Leonardo Castillo, Thais Vieira


This paper synthesises the main ideas presented as a keynote speech for the First World Distributed Conference
2019: Designing Sustainability for All. The objective is to contextualize Product-Service Systems and Distributed
Economies in the Brazilian and Latin American context from the perspective of sustainability. First, some initial reflections
and ideas about the perception we have regarding sustainability in today’s context are presented. We discuss
why our present production and consumption system remains unsustainable and why the paradigm of circular economy
still is challenging today. Then, the LeNSin Brazil Project is presented. To illustrate the project, case studies
were systematically collected and classified. As a conclusion, we point out that the development of s.PSS for the context
of DE is relatively recent field for design in Latin America and “classic” or “traditional” design methods do not
fit all the new the variables involved in this type of projects. Also, the lack of appropriate methods and tools opens a
new field of research for the creation of methodological models to support the design of S. PSS in specific contexts.
Finally, there is a (re)definition of the design process and designers need to improve their skills in order to better understand
how users’ needs can be met through intensive use of services and experiences.

Authors: Priscilla Ramalho Lepre, Thais Vieira and Leonardo Augusto Gomez Castillo