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
Explain your idea in details:
According to FAO, approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, in which fruits and vegetables account for the highest wastage rates of any food. Therefore, it has become a critical issue. We needs to take this matter more seriously, as the way we are handling it affects the quality of our lives directly, and our economy indirectly. Most of the waste is handled by means of collecting, transporting and ends up buried or burnt. This process not only costs a lot but also has a detrimental effect on environment. For that reason, my idea seeks ways in which recycling food waste, especially fruit and vegetable, becomes an easy task for everyone. As about 37% of food retailers and approximately 25% of large supermarkets waste is food waste, I suggest first looking for collaboration from such businesses. With their compliance, we can develop a system where possible resource of organic energy is no longer dismissed as trash. In this way, we can reduce the amount of food waste, its harms on the environment, at the same time, producing new energy for our needs. Additionally, it's important to develop a plan to capture consumers attention, raise awareness, and spread the idea of recycling food waste further. Additionally, I want to develop a plan to capture consumers attention, raise awareness, and spread the idea of recycling food waste further.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Recycling food waste benefits our soil, which is suffering damages from various causes. Even though ceasing killing forest and limiting pollution coming from industrialization are considered the most important parts in preserving soil, taking a step in reducing waste in landfill, plus feeding land with nutritious organic fertilizer is an act that cannot be overlooked. Waste not only dangers our natural resources, but also environment sanitation, and most importantly, our health. According to Ministry of Health Vietnam, frequent contact with odor from landfill can cause respiratory and heart diseases. Therefore, recycling food waste, in replacement for burying and burning, can contribute greatly to the improvement of living quality for many people. By experimenting this idea in one specific province which suffer from excessive food waste and soil pollution, we can evaluate success by measuring the soil and plants quality after using organic fertilizer, the number of people whose living quality have somewhat improved, the cost of organic fertilizer compare to other fertilizer... to determine the plan's effectiveness and efficiency. In short, making food waste sources of energy offers a lot of pros. We can save our soil, air, and most importantly, ourselves.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Being organic waste, fruit waste such as fruit skins and fruit residues (principally peels and seeds), through the natural process of anaerobic digestion, can become fertilizer. The result can be seen after around a month. The process of composting comes with a few notices. Firstly, the bin should be placed somewhere shady, with good drainage, and far away from living areas, as it radiates unpleasant odor. Secondly, to minimize odor, diseased plants should not be in a pile. Invasive weeds and weeds that have gone to seed are to be kept away. The main problem in carrying out this idea does not lie in how we compost the waste, but in how we collect them. Regarding vegetable peels, I suggest a service, in which supermarkets and organic food stores offer to peel the fruit for customers. They then keep the skins in containers, which will be transported to manufacturers, where they will be turned into compost. For restaurants and diners, vegetable peels are often thrown away, however, when taking part in this project, these businesses will save this type of waste for a collection at the end of the day. The end destination for those boxes of fruit peels will be transported to manufacturers, where they will be turned into compost. A similar systems can be applied with spoiled vegetable. Since this type of goods can no longer be sold, organic food stores can return the products to their wholesalers, from whom they will be collected and transported, then composted. Stakeholders financing for this project will include environmental organizations, NGOs... Furthermore, I plan to use news media and social media to spread information about this project to raise people's awareness about responsible consumption issue.
My name is Tran Mai Phuong. I was born on June 6th 1998 and was raised up in Hanoi city, the capital of Vietnam. I am currently an undergraduate of National Economics University in the field of Business Administration in English. Ever since I was little, I have always been a curious girl who love exploring new things and desire for knowledge. My friends always tell me I am a responsible, self-motivated and hard-working person . Once I have set myself a goal, I will strive to achieve it. Therefore, I am determined to work as hard as I can for this idea that I'm proposing. I have had several experience in the past where I volunteered or participated as a delegate. Some conferences that I participated include ASEAN Youth Exchange on Education 2017, 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive Sexual Health and Rights. Through those programs, I had chance to meet and discuss with my peers about the issues we're all facing in our countries, some of which related to responsible production and consumption issue. I want to spread the message to not only my peers but also people around the world and make some changes in our society.