With a full schedule and concern for my community’s environmental impact I have attempted various projects to reduce waste – from cloth nappies to recycling soft plastics. These efforts are complex, frustrating and ultimately have little impact.

My idea is to take a systems engineering approach to implement a national product sustainability lifecycle – incorporating the production, importation, sale and disposal. The system needs to consider human factors, labelling, logistics, storage, resource recovery and reuse.

Backed by national legislation assigning duty of care, the result is a true three bin system that reduces waste and saves valuable resources for the future.