Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Converting waste Plastics into assistive devices and prosthetics for people living with disabilities
Explain your idea in details:
Techbionics ventures aims at turning trash into treasure in the form of 3-D printed assistive devices using waste plastics found on both land and ocean. This will in turn make prostheses very affordable for people living with disabilities. This will be an asset with which they can thrive in the society. Since 2018, through partnership with local plastic pickers we have recycled 100,000 plastics in Nigeria and provided prostheses for 200 amputees, most of which were young kids with amputated limbs, who are not able to take part in learning activities at school like kids without disabilities. Through the grants from both Tony Elumelu foundation and premierehub innovation center, donations and support from General electric Lagos garage we were able to rent a space, purchase 4 makerbot 3D printers, 1 3D scanner and 4 computers. We have partnered with a logistic company for our distribution It takes about 30 bottles to make a prosthetic hand. The cost is about $50 per limb, which is funded through donations and grants. The process is fairly straightforward. The bottles are first shredded, then the plastic is processed into granules that can be used to make filament for 3D printers. In the beginning, this process was very time and resource intensive as the couple used a paper shredder to process the plastic bottles.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Plastic waste recycling presents a huge impact on sustainable development as it; directly increases the overall health of people in under developed countries and the ocean ecosystem. We aim at monetizing waste plastics and change the culture and perspectives of local people, encouraging them not to throw away their waste plastics but gather them wherever they find it and sell to us. This will immediately create an opportunity for locals and give them a source of livelihood. We will be able to provide as many disable kids with lowcost prosthetics made from recycled plastics to ensure a more engaging education and learning experience as kids without limbs find it very difficult to learn in the same classroom with non-amputee kids. To ensure success of our project we aim to use the google analytics cloud platform and smart bins and physical environmental surveillance in monitoring the amount of waste gotten from different localities on periodic basis. This was considered a more accurate method as it will enable us compare the ratio of waste collection with respect to time in a specific region.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our plan for implementation is straight simple. To encourage environmental cleanliness and proper attitude towards waste plastics in the environment we plan to pay local dwellers money for the waste plastics they bring to us and set a network of waste pickers that will measure and gather the waste plastics from different communities, villages, towns. Making sure that our cost for acquisition of the plastics is at its minimum. Then we take the plastics to our partnering company, elephab who will take responsibility of shredding the plastics after which we heat the shredded plastics and extrude them into filaments which will become raw materials for 3D printing of prosthetic limbs and assistive devices. It's our desire also to recycling plastics into learning aids for kids and toys. We aim at fundraising through NGOs, Goverment, donations, Grants and crowdfunding. We are collaborating with Gearhub based in reaching out to amputees in Kaduna, Nigeria. We are also working with ecommerce platforms and logistic companies in the online sales and distribution of our devices. With environmental sustainability (SDGs 3,11,12,13,14) being at our core we thrive to change the culture and perception of people regarding plastic waste on both land and sea. And enable them to see waste plastics as treasures for enabling people with disabilities and saving Mother Earth from toxic substances emitted from waste plastics.
I am 24 years of age and also the last son of my parent. I am from Lagos, Nigeria. I attended Federal Science and Technical College were I did a 3 year course on painting and decoration in 2009-2012. And as my interest for engineering grew I attended Institute for Industrial Technogy at Ogun state, in Lagos were I did a 2 years course on electromechanical engineering after which I interned for General Electric Lagos Garage in the year 2017. I grew up in an environment were waste is poorly mismanaged to the extent were people always throw their piles of dirts in the flood during raining season and end up blocking water channels and you find lots of young, bright kids who are disabled and cannot get good education because of their impertinently. this led me to my passion of recycling waste plastics into very affordable prosthetics for amputees. I was selected as one of the best 2017 entrepreneurs at Tony Elumelu Foundation with grant of $5,000. In 2018 I was selected as one of the best 15 entrepreneurs in southwest region of Nigeria with a seed fund of $2,000. My desire to fulfil the SDGs 3,11,12,13 and 14 is very strong and with the financial supports and donations I just want to do more.