Making Waste Times Othewise

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Paper in Workshop Waste Practices III Communities
Making Waste Times Otherwise
It has been suggested, that adopting more sustainable practices will probably affect the temporal rhythms of daily life (e.g. Shove & Trentman 2018). Through exploring alternative waste practices ethnographically, I will set out to study multiple temporalities of living with waste. The empirical case of the study is the bokashi method, a rapidly expanding method of fermenting food waste into soil in-house.Through the hands-on experiments with bokashi collectives, it is possible to explore the multiple temporal orders that are simultaneously at play in our everyday lives. The focus on multiple temporalities steers attention to new temporal patterns that bokashi introduces to the everyday lives, and helps to pay attention to the shuttle pulses of growth and decay, the rhythms of seasonal variations, weather, and other temporalities that have an impact on waste practices and form the tempo of everyday lives. Focusing on the marginal waste practices, such as bokashi, helps to question the mundane waste routines and infrastructures that are so easily taken for granted. It helps to sensitize to different understandings of domestic arrangements than the one we are used to and thus provides tools for imagining futures that do not simply replicate the present. The paper is based on an ongoing post-doctoral research within The Waste Society: Living with Material Overflows -research project (University of Lapland, funded by Academy of Finland).
Aikajakso12 kesäk. 2021
Tapahtuman otsikkoRe-opening the bin: Waste, economy, culture and society
Tapahtuman tyyppiKonferenssi
SijaintiGöteborg, RuotsiNäytä kartalla
Vaikuttavuus / laajuusKansainvälinen


  • Waste
  • sociology
  • temporality
  • environmental humanities