Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Bamboo Tissue Paper
Explain your idea in details:
We use BAMBOO. Every day, 27,000 trees are cut down just to produce toilet papers. We want to save 27,000 trees every day so that it does not worsen the global warming of our planet. In light of this, we made bamboo tissue papers which do not require any tree for the production of the papers. Bamboo can be harvested in ONLY 1-2 years, compared to 12 years for the trees. Further, bamboo can regrow after cutting top part of the cane. Our product with the use of bamboo is 100% biodegradable, chlorine-free, and has a high dispersibility, making it safe for the environment and the customers.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This idea will SAVE people LIVES from diseases and germs. The reason why the germs infect other people is the lack of cleaning of the defecation which a lot of studies have shown such as by World Health Organisation that a great number of individuals clean with their fingers after defecation but does not necessarily clean all the germs such as pathogens on their fingers. The unhygienic nature leads to an easy infection of germs as simple handshakes or eating with the unclean hands can provoke issues such as cholera and diarrhoeal diseases. The BAMBOO TISSUE PAPERS will be HYGIENIC and people will be able to CLEAN and prevenet infections.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Due to the disconnection of developing nations' population with social media and the internet, we strive to market and brand our product by physically promoting them. The methods that we are going to use are big posters on walls of supermarkets and fund NGOs with our product which they could provide to really disadvantaged people. Putting big posters on walls of supermarkets would definitely catch the eyes of the residents as they have to go to supermarkets to buy necessary food. Informing them about the seriousness of the diseases that result from open defecation would raise the significance of the sanitation issue and hence, they would look for products to solve this issue. Further, by informing and advertising our products on the same poster, this will incentive people to buy our tissues papers to solve this issue. Indeed, informing the customers with the cause and the impact of the sanitation issue, whilst, we provide our solution will more than likely motivate them to buy our product to keep their health, their family, and their society. Moreover, our aim to fund NGOs with our tissues will likely spread the name of our product to many disadvantaged people as this is a method of letting people try our products, whilst, we create a brand image of helping disadvantaged people. This will definitely raise the awareness in the new market and get a trust from the residents. Further, once these disadvantaged people become economically stable, they will likely to use our products as we provided support when they were in tough and arduous situations.
I am a high school student who is really passionate to HELP and provide care and love for other people. My life goal is to bring the disadvantaged people to the equal stance of all other humans in this society. I find it unfair for people in developing countries to be hurt from their birth which they never endorsed or wanted to be born in unprivileged circumstances. I nurtured that it is our imperative duty as a society to help those people and create a harmonious society for all human beings.