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:
Our project is mainly to establish a platform through which people can donate clothes to those in need, help them out of poverty, and realize resource recycling and reuse. We will make an App called ReClothes. Donors can download our app, click to make an appointment for clothes donation, fill in the detailsname, address, contact number, appointment time, weight of clothes. Then they can click Submit. (The donor can send clothes to a designate address that is included in our service; if not, we will deliver these clothes according to the actual situation.) We will record the real-time information of each piece of clothing and put the information on the platform for the donor to view the track information of old cloth. We will arrange the personnel of the cooperative express company come to the address the donors provide to inspect and collect clothes. Then we will transport the clothes to our cooperative public welfare enterprises, with volunteers and staff to sort and clean the clothes. For clothes suitable for donation, we will contact local NGOs to donate to people in need. For clothes that are not suitable for donation, sorting, disinfecting and packing should be carried out according to the material to enter a more accurate processing link. After that, it will be sent to large-scale environmental protection and renewable-energy enterprises to regenerate into plates, automobile sound insulation, office supplies, schoolbags, etc.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our project is mainly to realize SDG 1: No Poverty and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. First of all, our project can reduce poverty to some extent. According to the poverty standard raised in 2011 (the per capita net income of rural households is 2300 yuan / year), there are still 82 million poor people in China, accounting for 13% of the total rural population and nearly one tenth of the total national population. Rural people cannot afford to buy adequate clothes because of their limited income. Those donated clothes will reduce their economic burden and allow them to use the money saved from donated clothes to produce or start small business to create wealth and improve their economic condition. Secondly, our project is in line with SDG 12. In some western countries, the recycling rate of waste clothing is as high as 95%, but there is no systematic and perfect solution for the collection and reuse of waste clothing in China. It is a sad truth that about 26 million tons of waste clothing are produced every year, most of which are mixed into the ordinary household garbage and finally enter the landfill, increasing the pressure on the environment. Therefore, the recycling of waste clothing should be paid attention to. The "ReClothes" platform is to meet this need. Through our platform, we can recycle the old clothes and donate them to the people in need. Meanwhile, the clothes that are not suitable for donation will also enter the renewable-energy companies and be produced into other useful items. Therefore, our platform actually provides a way to save resources and recycle and reuse resources.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We will seek the support of the local public welfare fund, personal donation, NGO, and local government. With their financial support, we will recruit technical personnel to build the ReClothes platform and improve it. When we have accumulated enough users, we will hire customer service staff to contact users and record the information of donated clothes. We will promote our platform in various waysofficial media, self-media and community field publicityto attract people to use our platform to donate clothes. Our partners will include local NGOs, express companies and renewable-energy companies. We will donate our clothes to individuals through local NGOs which are more familiar with the disadvantaged people and their economic conditions. We will contact the personnel in charge of public welfare of express companies, persuading them to be partner of us and exempt the express fees. We will also reach long-term and stable cooperation with renewable-energy companies to realize reuse and recycle of donated clothes. Our business model, in other words, the profit of our project comes from several channels: Our platform accepts public service advertising; more than 80% of the new clothes will be donated to second-hand stores or sold to vintage stores after sorting to obtain funds to support the sustainable development of our project; clothes not suitable for donation will be will be sorted into types of polyester, wool, fiber, etc. and sold to textile processing enterprises and the rest can be sold to renewable resources companies.
I am Ziling Wang. After graduating from WLSA Fudan Academy, I went to Southwestern China, an area I had never visited before. I spent one month exploring this area and joined a project teaching local kids math for 15 days. This experience exposed me to the living condition of local people and the giant gap between their life and my life at Shanghai. Back to Shanghai, I began to look for a way to help people in Southeastern China. I noticed that many waste clothes of people at Shanghai, which were slightly dirty, entered the landfill, so it was wasting resource and increasing the pressure on the environment. Then to solve this problem, I started to collect waste clothes from communities, then I contact factories to clean and disinfect them. Thereafter, I donated them to an NGO of Sichuan province. Afterwards, I decide to create a platform for more people to join the program of donating clothes to people in need.