Designing an interactive smart waste bin

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Design of an interactive smart trashcan

In this paper Jože Guna and his colleagues present the design process of building an interactive smart trashcan. First, we provide the overview of the smart trashcan field for several domains. We made an overview of professional solutions for city operators as well as garbage collecting...


Waste and dirt in short folklore forms

The article examines the concept and metaphorical meaning of waste and dirt in short folklore forms, including archival material (phrasemes, proverbs, and beliefs) and also internet memes as a new, contemporary folklore form. Waste and dirt are traditionally conceptually linked to metaphors of...


Making a change from below: A comparative study of popular movements for reducing waste and promoting cycling

The authors, Daša Ličen and Dan Podjed, look into two environmental movements that arose from grassroots initiatives. The first is Ecologists without Borders, the leading NGO promoting waste reduction in Slovenia. The second is Critical Mass, an international cyclists’ movement that...


Reframing agency in the face of global challenges: The problem of plastic waste

This article is a discussion of the issue of agency in an age defined by common challenges that manifest themselves both locally and globally. In particular, the author argues for a dispersed, non-linear understanding of individual agency as it relates to the global crisis of plastic waste as a...


Sustainable and community-centred development of smart cities and villages

The article highlights the need to rethink and reconceptualise the accepted concepts of smart cities and villages by shifting the attention from technology and technological solutions and moving it towards understanding the significance of communities and sustainability. The conceptual framework...


The invisible life of food waste

In recent years, food waste has become an important issue that attracts attention from scientists, consumers, and activists. According to the World Bank, one third of food produced for human consumption is wasted. In Slovenia, almost 131,800 tons of food waste were generated in 2017, or 64 kg per...


Development of ethnographically based technological solutions

The purpose of ethnography is not only to under-stand the social worlds and their cultural specifics, but also to develop technological solutions that enable the transformation of human practices. The article focuses on the development of such solutions which are based on ethnographic findings....


The geography of urban environmental protection in Slovenia: The case of Ljubljana

Our colleagues in the project, Katarina Polajnar Horvat and Aleš Smrekar used findings from sustainability studies to present the development of environmental urban geography in Slovenia in recent decades. Modern European cities, of which Ljubljana is no exception, depart significantly...