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.
Explain your idea in details:
According to the FAO, 1.3 billion tons of food waste, or an equivalent to one-third of human food consumption, ends up in landfill annually. Meanwhile, National Geographic reported that 27,000 trees are lost daily just to make toilet paper. In response to this issue, Escawipe serves as a novel project in transforming your typical everyday food and agriculture waste into sustainable toilet paper. As one of the world's densest agriculture countries, Malaysia, we fully utilize non-wood fibers in our toilet paper production. These include products such as sugarcane bagasse, banana fiber, oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB), and kernel shells of oil palm that were normally dumped after harvesting and oil extraction. Besides, we also use food waste (fruit skin and soybean, which consist of long carbohydrate chains and lignocellulosic materials). To make our toilet paper, we extract the cellulose from those agricultural residuals to increase the strength, texture, and appearance of toilet paper. Any undesired components left from our raw materials will be directed to undergo anaerobic digestion (AD) in order to generate electricity by collecting methane gas. Anymore sludge left will then be composted to produce organic fertilizer, which can be sold for additional income. Our key innovation is the zero-waste approach which incarnated through our circular economy system. We try to convert waste into wealth that is beneficial to society. With that said, our main objective is to develop an economically profitable product and a self-sustainable process plant which uses the methane gas produced in the process as an energy source to power up our own plant. No additional energy consumption is required after utilizing every ounce of material to its fullest. Not only reducing the overall energy usage, but our approach also lessens the greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission to the environment.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Escawipe provides a new toilet paper manufacturing process that can improve the environment as well as the social sector. By adopting the new system, sustainable development goals such as responsible consumption and production (SDG12) and life on land (SDG15) can be achieved. Our goal is to utilize 1 percent of the food waste produced daily in Malaysia, for about 170 tonnes for toilet paper production. By using 30 percent food waste and 70 percent agriculture waste, an estimation of 340 tonnes of toilet paper can be produced daily. Without using wood in the production, trees wont be chopped down frequently and logging activities can be reduced. Simultaneously, this can reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to large areas of forest (carbon sink) being preserved. Besides, the utilization of food waste reduces land pollution and degradation as there will be less waste in landfill. Consequently, the conservation of forest and wildlife can be achieved. Everyone can use our products for their daily activities while preserving the environment. With this innovation, Escawipe aims to promote sustainable production by inspiring other companies to adopt our zero-waste manufacturing process, while maintaining the profit level. This vision is possible as the cost of the production will be relatively low due to the abundant raw materials and self-electricity production. To evaluate the success of the new system, Escawipe carries out the impact measurements in terms of economic and environmental impact, based on profits generated from toilet paper and fertilizer, reduction of waste in landfills, and reduction of lodging activities. The example of success is the continuous toilet paper production without using wood. The source of the measurement data is from Escawipes financial report, news, and figures from governmental and other organizations.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Based on our ideas above, we can summarize that our priority lies in helping to make a sustainable change within the environment and community. This is why Escawipe is not just selling an ordinary tissue; we are selling a story. With our main sustainable development goal being developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient tissue production through enhanced scientific research, Escawipe is a brand that will act as a platform to empower our customers to play a role in solving both environmental and communal issues. In order to realize this, in Phase 1 we will focus on setting up strong fundamentals for the company. This includes activities such as patent registration, market testing and product trial which will be financed from internal angel investors. Next, in Phase 2, we will be building our brand credibility while also launching our products on various e-commerce platforms and partners like environmental clubs and zero-waste stores. At the same time, we will focus on establishing long-term relationships with key collaborators such as our outsourcing partners of existing manufactures and our waste suppliers from various F&B companies. Lastly, on Phase 3, we aim to be a financially capable social enterprise that has a powerful global influence and impact to improve life with focus on continuous innovative R&D projects while also actively working with the local government and organizations in our rural and animal welfare CSR projects. These projects will also be accompanied by establishing our own factory and global business expansion.
New Revolution is a team from Xiamen University Malaysia, formed by the combination of Business and Science students. We are enthusiastic and creative students who care about a sustainable environment. We are eager to bring transformation through innovation, and we believe that everyone can make a change to the world, even by doing the simplest thing. As a business student, Tania is driven and constantly sets goals for her development. She is passionate about joining service-based organizations to serve the community, like Leo Club and AIESEC. She excels in project management. Her project, Brushload, has won 3 awards, one of them is a bronze award on Internet+ 2019, competing with over 1,400 projects worldwide. Vania always has a major passion in understanding and helping out environmental and communal issues. She attends environmental courses and is always involved in community service projects all throughout her school and university life. As the president of Rotaract Club, she has also organized multiple events that allowed people to understand the importance of sustainability. Apart from being a third-year chemical engineering student, Jia Leang is holding the position of Rotaract Club vice secretary. He has extensive knowledge of chemical engineering, and always strives for his best effort in everything. Not only that, he is responsible, also has excellent analytical skills. Kok Wei, third year chemical engineering student of Xiamen University Malaysia. He is always eager in problem-solving and believes in life-long learning. He is currently figuring out how chemical engineering knowledge he learnt in class can help to solve daily life problems. He is also exploring ways to increase public awareness towards environmental issues nowadays.