Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
TEACCASIA- A SOLUTION FOR PLASTIC POLLUTION
Explain your project in details:
Main objectives of this project are; - 1. To manufacture a plant based tableware (made from discarded tea leaves) in combating plastic pollution which is alarming worldwide and increasing in global warming. 2. Natural biodegradable products for everyone. 3. Empowering student and school dropouts due to poverty especially girls to be an independent entrepreneur by inventions and innovation. This project will be monitored intensively overall from collecting discarded tea leaves and wood grains, inspection, drying and melting up to molding process. Manufacturing and Production activities: To seek for registered plant based resin sellers for project development and to obtaining the resins easily –Seeking an injection molding expertise to provide support in molding the tableware. To provide training programs to school dropouts on how to collect the discarded tea leaves and wood grains from wood manufacturer and restaurants. Guide with the current establish process from collecting to molding. Some innovative strategies and techniques will be applied in this projects for the purpose of sustainability and attracting customers to buy this plastic free 100% natural discarded tea leaves tableware in easy way, those approaches are; - Producing and selling with discounts to all school teachers and students as the awareness of plastic pollution should start from schools - Inviting and mobilizing those people from plastic manufacturer to attract their interest and partnership with other government industries in Malaysia while promoting on the importance of reducing the plastic usage to save the future generation - Supplying to wholesale and retail shops - Advertising the product through media - Establishing schools events to motivate students to use our products – Establish campaigns for housewives on the importance to use biodegradable products.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The idea of this project will target various groups/beneficiaries such as plant based resin seller, school’s management teams, entrepreneurs and manufacturers, students and teachers, school dropouts due to poverty and all housewives. Also, this project is going to have positive impacts on sustainable development in various sectors such as government, industrial and innovation, productions, employment and economic development, generally to give back to the community. Those impacts are as follows – Creating employment opportunities to a number of school dropouts due to poverty and boost the economic development. An enterprise will hire workers with low wages as startup so as to support operations, for example will employ industrial engineers for designing, marketing officers, procurement & supply officers, health officers, human resources managers, drivers, business managers, accountants and many more. School dropouts will get direct employment regarding to collection of discarded tea leaves, inspecting and drying the leaves. - Development of biodegradable 100% plastic free sector especially in packaging industries. This enterprise will promote and make a realization to government to invest in this sector also enhancing this department as well as school dropouts well being. - Contribution to district and country revenues - The enterprise will contribute to the community so as to donate in social activities, projects and social entrepreneurship (during achievement of its goals) - Generally will contribute to Sustainable Development Goals in different ways and the future success will be measured and evaluated by the number of customers, support from the government, support from the schools and business partners.
Sustainability and future plans
Implementation plans and business models are as follows; - Identifying the number of school dropouts, restaurants and business centers which is throwing away the tea leaves- tons of per day, month and year - Collection and inspection of discarded tea leaves will be done every day at the enterprise area. School dropouts will be paid after collecting, inspecting and drying process. - The first three months, the enterprise will work 8hours hours a day for initial monitoring and follow up on the discarded tea leaves storage and other perspectives but the subsequence months will work 24 hours every day. - Within a month of operations, enterprise’s marketing team will start to promote the tableware of 100% plastic free biodegradable tableware through media such as TV, Social Media and newspaper in order to sell and introducing the brand to the market. - At the few months of operations, enterprise will require more volunteers to work in this project. After that, the enterprise will purchase some machines, inspection of materials and supplying of product after the 1st target of profit reached. - Also, enterprise will establish a network for the school dropout to encourage and educate them to engage or continues their studies where they could be absorb as management employee. Sources of money will depend on competitions or prizes and donations from various organizations or a fund from the government. Currently, I do not have any capital as a startup capital to accomplish the project that's why I do competing so as to get assistance. In other way, the enterprise will collaborate with other industries and government organizations in order to strengthening and busting Teaccasia in the market. Networking and collaboration will increase the trust and receive capital of the enterprise due to sharing of tools, experts and skills.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I was born in 2001 at Kulim District, Kedah Darulaman, Malaysia. Started primary school in 2008 and currently in final year of secondary school at SMK Sultan Badlishah this year-2018. I have participated in several world's most prestigious invention and innovation competition and won for bringing over invention which benefits to the society. This has motivated me to engage in entrepreneurship for the purpose of reducing plastic pollution, unemployment problem among school dropouts, also to support one of UN’s call of Sustainability Goals.I qualify for this competition due to flexibility and getting help from my parents, teachers and friends in creating lots of ideas in designing, implementing as well as able to do follow up, monitoring and evaluation so as to ensure sustainability of this project. I do not have any experiences in business management but I do have a plan to establish one if I win this competition and with the proper channel, I believe we could help to reduce the global warming caused by plastics pollution, create a wonderful life for school dropouts and empower students especially girls to become an entrepreneur thru invention and innovation.