7. Linkages with other subsystems

Our design proposal is strictly connected with other sub-systems. The new self-supportive nature of the system of material and waste will have different interactions with: Food and more, Health and happiness, Leisure and knowledge and Texel as host.


Food and more

The design is focused on a bio-cycle system of the organic materials produced and shipped on the island. The basic idea is to consider the food and organic waste as good lymph to be returned to the production of food, or to be turned into something else useful to the community.

Since the focus of our design is the potential of the extensive exchange of biological materials on the island, food plays an important role. Restaurants, cattle breeders, farmers and supermarkets are the main actors involved. The main involvement will be dealing with their waste and food supply. For example the scrap food from restaurants will be collected and used to feed animals, while the scrap vegetables and other organic material coming from the crop farming will be used by the bio-digester to become biofuel and so on. No food will become waste, either landfilled or incinerated.


Health and happiness

The design strives for the making of a balanced system in which all the actors involved have benefits. The more scrap food, organic waste and other materials are recycled or turned into fuel the more sustainable the island gets. If you consider that the sustainability goals will become part of the status of the island in the near future, Texel people will become more happy about being self-supportive also in terms of materials and waste while being an important part of the whole system. Health will benefit from the less production of waste and a better handling of it, which will eventually reduce the pollution of the sea and beaches and less pollutant that could be found in the food production.


Texel as host

The tourism sector will be involved because the whole chain of food production and reuse of waste will become attractive for tourists. The idea is to connect the technologies belonging to the new bio-cycle network also in a tourist-oriented way. When Texel will have gained the fame of self-supportive island, part of the tourists will be also coming to see how the municipality made it. The tourism sector will be involved by making the new technologies places of interest. They will be advertised and tours will be organized by a proper association. In this way the tourism sector will increase and also the popularity of Texel in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.