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The ByeBuy! Shop testing shopping scapes in a circular economy


Mate, K, The ByeBuy! Shop - testing shopping scapes in a circular economy, Emerald Publishing Ltd., United Kingdom (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conventional shopping-scapes are designed to promote a linear form of consumption. Products are moved from production systems through consumer distribution nodal points. The consumption of commodities through these points is promoted as the main, if not only, legitimate activity of shopping centres.

A circular economic paradigm offers an alternative to the current model of linear consumption so that there are restorative processes to ensure products, components and materials are valued at all stages of product life (MacArthur 2013). However this model, like its contemporary linear model, overlooks the opportunities for more socially rewarding and diverse economies to consumption, that could particularly be addressed through the shopping scape.

The ByeBuy! Shop was conceived to test ideas on a shopping scape to increase social engagement and reduced consumption without the use of money for exchange. Accordingly, it is used here to exemplify a circular economic (CE) paradigm. This process involved a recycled temporary pop-up shop as a model to test new ideas on the values of consumption and consumerist actions, through four key trading interactions: Swap Shop; Story Exchange; Repair Deli and Slow Market.

The ByeBuy! Shop facilitated social engagement and the re-valuing of exchange of possessions, using diverse activities that reflect the principles of a CE as part of an interactive community. This paper will address, using observations of the ByeBuy! Shop, how the diverse forms of physical exchange that a CE promotes can also provide opportunities for increased social engagement.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:circular economy, sustainable consumption, disruptor
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Interior Design
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Consumption
Author:Mate, K (Ms Kirsty Mate)
ID Code:120647
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2017-08-29
Last Modified:2017-08-30

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