Disrupting hospital waste streams: Redirecting used fabric from landfills
Funding Year: 2023
Region(s): South America
Research Areas: Sustainability
In Brazil, most hospital textiles are incinerated or sent to landfill. This project will engineer a traceable, data-driven system to identify and predict waste patterns and adequately and efficiently redirect hospitals' textile waste to upcycling in a decentralized network. A new interactive digital tool that leverages modeling software will allow users to visualize and map the value provided by upcycling ecosystem services, combining sustainable waste interventions and economic welfare for vulnerable communities.