Biodegradable Cosmetic Microbeads/ Microplastics

Stage of Idea conceptual stage, planning stage, idea offered for implementation by others
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Explain your idea in details:

Objective: To create and strengthen jobs in the cosmetic an biorenewable sectors while reducing adverse environmental footprint. Innovative Approaches: The biodegradable microbeads could be produced using custom-designed biological processes (fermentation). The feedstock for these processes could be lignocellulosic biomass, or carbohydrate-rich waste materials. These can be easily produced using select microorganisms (bacteria) and a well-defined process condition. The produced bio-composite from this process could be extruded into other products like shopping bags and storage containers; however, they can be treated to meet pharmaceutical standards and then pelletized to microbeads for application in cosmetics such as facial scrubs, toothpastes, etc. Since there is a huge market for this, high throughput is needed and in order to ensure high yields and reduction of downstream upgrade of the bio-composite to pharmaceutical standards, the feedstock has to be pretreated and sorted to be of the best quality in terms of absence of impurities and contaminants.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Shutdown of lines of cosmetic products which use microbeads may have a trickle down economic and social effect that would be detrimental to economies. For example, it may lead to loss of jobs, instability in family incomes, loss of homes, and then huge dependence on government hand-outs. It is my hope that by implementing this idea, more job opportunities will be created and strengthened. Owing to the strong economic importance of the cosmetic industries, I believe development of biodegradable microbeads would encourage offspring of more consumer and environment-friendly products. I also expect strengthening of the bio-resources industry towards a more diverse bio-economy especially using the bio-refinery concept. Since these biodegradable microbeads could be produced from organic fragments of municipal solid wastes or from BOD-rich brewery effluents; adoption of this technology will also reduce the need for landfill sites, or environmental dilapidation. Most importantly, it is my expectation that this would lead to a more sustainable and friendly environment especially in surface waters which act as sinks of most environmental contaminants. The microbeads may be effectively removed via biodegradation during wastewater treatment practices or via natural attenuation in the environment.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

This idea ma be pitched to venture capitalists for a percentage of the share capital or to cosmetic industries for exclusive rights to the products. Strength: No bioproduct firm currently does this. Opportunities: Major cosmetic industries across the globe are currently at the verge of shutting down further manufacture of products with microbeads. Jobs will be lost and a major source of revenue is threatened. Weakness: This project is capital intensive. although the technology is proven, substantial research is sill needed to ensure that the microbeads being produced are hypoallergenic and the must be certified by the USDA and other standardization organizations. his takes time. Threat: Current research an industrial trends focus on conversion of lignocellulosic biomass and organic wastes to fuels. Competition for the feedstock may no be favorable for the cosmetic industries. A way around this will be to site the biodegradable microbeads industries in developing countries where biofuel production still has low consideration, encourage large scale production of feedstock such as corn, etc. One of the greatest advantages of this is that the industry could always be repurposed for or integrated with biofuel production.  

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Your profile

My name is Anyaduba Tochukwu Dubem. I am a 31 year old Nigerian with very strong belief that my country and in fact, any country can be developed if education is given due attention. I have a BSc in Microbiology (Nigeria) and MSc in Environmental Biotechnology (UK). I am also studying for another MSc in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, specializing in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Biorenewable Resources and Technologies (USA). I am an environmentalist with aptitude for interpretation of my theoretical knowledgebase into tangible development-centered projects and structures. My dream is to understand and teach science and engineering from inside-out and to focus on applied education. I have been to several developed countries and my greatest curiosity has been to understand what really makes their academia tick and how they have been so successful both towards infrastructural and economic development. My dream is to contribute to the development of my country, my continent and the world at large by giving education in Nigeria a meaning. My ideas are mostly at conceptual stage as most may need advanced resources and research for further development but they are dreams I hope to live and achieve before I retire. I hope to lay a strong foundation for generations-unborn; on which they can stand to bridge the gap between western education and Nigerian academic credentials. Please vote for me.

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September 1, 2017 00:04

Thank You my fellow traveler!
All good things have an end, right!!
I must say that I found your idea truly inspiring. I would like to know more about it? Do you think you can give me more details about your proposal so I can understand it more and give ffedbakc as well as evaluate if it can be done in my country?
Have a great life ahead of you

August 31, 2017 23:11

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.

August 31, 2017 22:04

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 20:49

All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 20:49

All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 20:25

In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 17:21

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 16:57

What a journey! I am truly amazed.
I read so many good thoughts including yours. UNESCO did a truly amazing job. And if you have already not read it, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Bye for now!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 31, 2017 16:27


August 31, 2017 09:04

Hi, it's great to read your innovative idea which could help our community in different aspects. It is not easy to go through all the stages and congratulation for your great ideas, hope to see your idea will come true soon.
I would like to invite you to read, comment and even vote for my idea 'Boosting economic growth in Africa with solar energy'. If you find it great, please also share it with your friends. Thank you very much.

August 31, 2017 07:23

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 31, 2017 07:23

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 30, 2017 21:42

Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 19:54

A quick Question to you:
If there is one country that you would like your proposal to be set up in besides your home country, which one would that be? And if your answer is Afghanistan, please do not hesitate to contact me.I am only a phone call away!
Good wishes to you.

August 30, 2017 06:21

Greetings my Colleague ,

Thank you for participating in that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends here , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your Idea.
thanks again & best wishes for you.


August 30, 2017 02:30


This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 29, 2017 09:12

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 29, 2017 02:58

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 19:35

Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Team GreenSpace.

August 28, 2017 09:18

Thank you very much Tochukwu,

As the competition draws to an end. I want to use this opportunity to specially thank everyone that have supported my idea so far (and that includes you), your contributions and criticism are well appreciated.

Thanks again and best wishes
Seth Thomas

August 28, 2017 09:18

Thank you very much Tochukwu,

As the competition draws to an end. I want to use this opportunity to specially thank everyone that have supported my idea so far (and that includes you), your contributions and criticism are well appreciated.

Thanks again and best wishes
Seth Thomas

August 27, 2017 16:31

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 15:38

Dear Entrepreneur,

It's a new day and few days to the end of the competition. It has been nice and encouraging having you here, on this platform. I wish to appreciate you.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 01:18

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have show so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 16:41


To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at:

Kind regards

August 26, 2017 14:46

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 25, 2017 07:36

Hello Tochukwu!

Thursday's Inspiration from YCEC; 'The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.' - Richard Bach

As you progress in working hard to see to the improvement of the World through your idea, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of Luck!

August 24, 2017 17:35

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

Just a short note of motivation and encouragement for you.
Never give up, never quit, there's so much more you can achieve with this idea...

Stay Motivated World Changer!

August 24, 2017 15:11

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 18:57

Dear friend,
You might have seen my IDEA called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan. If not, may I please urge you to have a look. And if you like it, may I please ask you to vote for it and even forward it to any of your friends? I will be really obliged.
Regarding your entry: what a nice proposal! And equally impactful initiative. I was discussing the various ideas and projects in my home and yours was one of the proposals that we discussed. Congratulations and keep it up. I had a couple of questions; please answer them.
Keep up the good work. Yours truly, Shuhra

August 23, 2017 14:43

After going through your idea, I firmly believe that you can successfully convert it to an executable project and help the society grow in a sustainable manner. I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants, and using that space for a multitude of activities. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 08:39

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your idea and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view;

All the best to you in you Idea!

Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 09:39

Dear Tochukwu
I hope you're making good progress whether the competition is on progress or not this idea of yours should make more progress towards its implementation. Congulatulation for the efforts you're making.
Never give up.
Best of luck!

August 22, 2017 08:50

Thank you Tochukwu.

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.


August 20, 2017 16:26

I like your idea as it touch both healthy care issues, environmental conservation and socioeconomic issues. Congulatulation for the efforts you're putting on it.
All the best.

August 20, 2017 06:29

I like this idea as it is life changing and innovative to open more employment opportunities yet environmental conservation. Congulatulation for that gift you have. Never give up until it is over.
All the best.

August 19, 2017 22:05


I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair. I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your work!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 17, 2017 14:27


This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity. Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.

August 16, 2017 08:12

Hello Tochukwu!

Your idea is interesting! I look forward to its implementation. How do you intend doing to source for funds for the implementation? I wish you success as I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your contribution on my idea.

Best of Luck!

August 6, 2017 17:10

You know many aspects of this business and you are doing a great job. You are prepared and I like your application. What steps have you made till now?
Keep continue with this idea,

June 6, 2017 12:57


Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, time is a factor, however, there are research institutes who are willing to present their facilities for product development at pilot scale. Such facilities can be employed for development of the plastics pending completion of the large scale one.

This will ameliorate the lag and also provide extensive edge for re-introduction of such products.

Thank you for your question. Please vote for me

June 6, 2017 10:56


It's a great effort by your side to provide employment to the needy ones and all the best for your project. Just one question don't you think it will take a lot of time to implement this idea.


June 3, 2017 08:30

Thumps up to u bro.i wish such idea will be actualized soon in our country cos wasteb products r taking up d living areas but wen put into a good use such as this not only will it create job opportunities but will make our environment healthy.


June 1, 2017 23:47

Wonderful innovation keep it up Brother may God be your Strength to achieve your aim because it will go a long way in reducing waste dump in Nigeria and other developing countries

June 1, 2017 21:51

One of the great challenges facing Nigeria and other developing countries is waste management. Using products /goods that generate biodegradable waste will go a long way to reduce numerous toxic waste dumps in our communities. I hope to see companies adopt this green concept in production and packaging of consumer products.