The Transparency Project: Everyday Products, Consumer Knowledge and Environmental Impacts.

Consumers today have very little reliable information about the environmental impacts of the products and services that dominate their lives. From cars and phones to furniture, appliances and packaged foods, most products and services are understood and compared in terms of advertised claims which can be misleading. There is growing evidence to suggest that when consumers are made aware of an environmental problem (as in the ABC’s War on Waste TV series), they are more likely to accept pro-environmental regulatory change (such as bans on plastic bags).

Given recent rapid advancements in material and energy assessment, sensing and communication technologies, there are few reasons why environmental impact information cannot be presented to consumers and other actors in the market in a more accessible format. Policy makers, designers, producers, retailers and waste managers could also benefit from access to this information

We therefore encourage contributors from every nation and every relevant discipline to come together to engage with us in tackling the massive and global problems this seminar is aimed at addressing.


There are many ways to get involved and be a part of the seminar :

Scholars from any relevant discipline across the arts and sciences can present their research and findings, as both a powerpoint and a scholarly paper / chapter to be published in our proceedings, and potentially also in one of our edited books.

Designers and practitioners can submit illustrated essays, supported by the written word, as both power-point and paper to be published in the proceedings, and potentially also in one of our edited books. However, these also must be original work.

Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome and encouraged to submit work, register or to volunteer at the conference – this will enable them to get access for free to all the parallel sessions and keynote presentations.