Best Ideas 2020 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.
Reusable N95 Mask Business Plan
Explain your idea in details:
The reusable N95 mask I design have revolutionized the traditional design of masks. It is composed of breathing valve and three-layer filtration systemwater-blocking layer made of fluorine-free hydrophobic material, nanoporous fiber membrane filtration layer and pure cotton skin-friendly moisture-absorption layer. This structure determines the stability of this mask: it can be repeatedly cleaned and used, disinfected by 84 disinfectant and other chemical reagents, and it can withstand high temperature without lowering its protective performance. I also design an additional layer: heating device of carbon nanofiber cloth, which can be heated and sterilized at a temperature of about 70 degree as long as the USB port on the mask is connected. When people do not have a set of cleaned masks, or need to use masks continuously, heating disinfection is a simple and efficient method. The mask is also printed with a two-dimensional code, which can be bound with the health code issued by the government. People can scan the QR code to grasp the information of masks and enter their own health information. During the epidemic, we can cooperate with the government to realize monitoring by scanning the QR code, which is convenient for the government to calculate data and adopt special prevention and control measures. This mask can meet the protection needs of most people in daily life and work. It will extend the use cycle of masks, alleviating the current global crisis of masks. I hope that while providing people with low price and high quality products, we can also embody our concept of environmental protection.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The industry of manufacturing our masks is to achieve two sustainable development goals: Goal 3: Good-health and Well-being, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructureand Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. This project aligns with SDG 3. With the protection level of N95, our masks can effectively reduce the infection rate of coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Besides, the mask is printed with a unique QR code, which can be bound with the health code issued by the government. We have also set up a database, and will cooperate with WeChat, Alipay and other large enterprises to help the government and medical departments track the patients and monitor flow of people through big data retrieval. We will record the existing wearers information and the information that needs to be added for future use. Therefore, we can use our health information to help the government track patients and monitor the flow of them. Such a mask is innovative and has the potential to be manufactured at large scale. The filter membrane we use is a new type of material, and the purchase cost will be slightly higher than the traditional one, so when we set the overall pricing policy, we need to take into consideration of the market price of raw materials. We will set a reasonable price, which will be able to cope with the normal fluctuation of raw materials price in the market. Besides, since this mask can be repeatedly used and has a long use cycle, it is more energy-saving and reduce more waste compared to the traditional ones. We will always take the promotion of better masks as our faith, take going to the world as our goal, and lead the innovation of mask market.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We can't be completely independent at the beginning, so we need investment from the outside world. We will invest 20% in technology to introduce and apply more advanced technology. When we cooperate with the manufacturer, we will give the manufacturer a certain share to replace the capital. We will invite equity investors to invest in the company to inject more vitality into the company's development. In terms of production, we will put all the masks produced in the first stage in promotion channel, cooperating with video platforms like Tik-Tok and YouTube, and other platforms, such as Wechat, Alibaba, or Little Red Book in the way that we pay them to publicize our product in the form of article and video. With the advantages of our QR code, we will cooperate with the government, providing the government with mask technology at a profit rate of 8%. We will authorize state-owned enterprises to produce masks, and the government can issue masks to relevant public officials. In this way, we can establish the official image of our brand, let more people know our products and build a good reputation through cooperation with the government. After establishing a certain brand foundation, we will establish a long-term cooperation with the local manufacturers and afterwards manufacturers around the world to realize the internationalization of the brand. I applied for an patent in March, the result of which will be reported within half a year. After I have the patent right, I will authorize the manufacturer, and the company will continue to expand the research and development of products.
I am Qingyang Li, a 19 year old boy from China. I've always been concerned about social issues. In December 2018, I formed an organization called the Ways standing for we are young", a public welfare organization. We cooperated with the Dianchi Christian Church in Kunming, distributing food to the nearby homeless people. In February 2019, I set up a "WeChat" official account to publicize the knowledge of AIDS. When the epidemic broke out, I saw that the number of patients was rising every day. The whole country was in panic, and worse still, the spread of the epidemic has accelerated the consumption of masks, and there has been a large shortage of the supply of masks. The whole world is in desperate need of masks, but N95 masks in many countries are in short supply. Even when we finally managed to get one, the hard-earned mask could only be discarded in four hours. Therefore, I decide to invent a reusable mask. I have studied the traditional N95 respirator and found that the reasons for the short service life of the respirator are as follows: 1. The material used has limitation; 2. The probability of the respirator contacting the virus and the requirements for hygiene are relatively high. From these two points, I began to look for proper materials and study how to make the mask reusable. Finally, after comparing a series of materials, I chose the current raw material, printed a unique two-dimensional code on the mask, and applied the carbon fiber cloth heating technology to achieve the purpose of disinfection. After a series of experiments, I finally made a reusable mask that can reach N95 protection level. I applied for an patent in March, the result of which will be reported within half a year.