Splashing: The iterative development of a novel type of personal washing

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    This chapter describes a case study on personal washing that was developed in association with two subsequent Living Lab projects. Drawing on theories of practice, the case study explored the application of a practices-oriented approach to reducing household resource consumption. Personal washing was taken as a target practice because of its high and growing water and energy consumption. The case study used an iterative process to develop a feasible, but highly less resource intensive alternative to the dominant practice of showering in the Netherlands. Splashing emerged as a promising proto-practice from subsequent performances, both in the lab and the field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLiving Labs
    Subtitle of host publicationDesign and Assessment of Sustainable Living
    EditorsD.V. Keyson, O. Guerra-Santin, D. Lockton
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-33527-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Energy consumption
    • Personal washing
    • Practices-oriented design
    • Proto-practice
    • Splashing


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