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:
Green Bin is a revolutionary way of modifying a common item - the dustbin. Green Bin is a smart dustbin that aims to reduce wastage and promote recycling. In India and other developing countries, e-waste, plastic waste and other types of waste are thrown away instead of getting recycled. Sometimes the waste-pickers are exposed to this hazardous waste without proper equipment. Green Bin solves this problem by compartmentalizing the standard dustbin with separate sections for paper waste, e-waste, plastic waste, glass waste among others. This way, the waste which would've ended up in landfills can be recycled. People don't need to face the inconvenience of storing their waste separately or going elsewhere to throw it. Even the smallest of paper scraps, small electronic devices such as cells can be thrown in the dustbin conveniently. We will also establish partnerships with eco-friendly local companies and organizations, who will facilitate door-to-door waste pick up and deliver it to the recycling centers. Thus people will be saved the hassle of dropping their waste to recycling centers. The dustbin will be a smart dustbin, which will detect the storage capacity remaining for each section. There will be an app that connects the people to such organizations, which will facilitate easy collection of such waste from homes. The app will automatically notify the collection centers when to pick up the waste. The money that people receive from recycling their waste will also be credited to this app. With AI, the app will also give helpful tips to people to cut back on the waste. The app will show the quantity of different types of wastes recycled because of Green Bin and the resulting decrease in carbon emissions. People will thus be able to see their individual as well as collective impact on the environment.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
There are different ways in which Green Bin will help in sustainable development. 1) Unnecessary wastage is a global problem and Green Bin will help to reduce it. In India and in many other developing countries, e-waste, plastic waste and other types of waste are thrown away instead of getting recycled. India alone generates more than two million tonnes of e-waste each year. Plastic pollution has also been increasing at an exponential rate worldwide, reaching 381 million tonnes in 2015. Out of this only 9% is recycled worldwide. The success of Green Bin can be measured by the amount of waste that is recycled because of it. It is directly related to SDG 12- Responsible Consumption and Production. The ultimate vision is where everyone uses Green Bin, thereby minimizing the waste that is dumped in landfills or incarcerated. 2) Sometimes wastepickers have to separate this waste manually without any proper equipment, which is harmful to their health. Green Bin will prevent this. 3) The smart feature will guide consumers to make responsible consumption choices based on the waste they generate, for example, by suggesting alternatives to some form of waste that is thrown in the bins. Or if someone generates too much plastic waste, for example, as compared to average, then it will suggest ways to reduce it. 4) By using eco-friendly products in its manufacturing, it will also promote the discovery and usage of other eco-friendly products. 5) It will also provide employment to many people. Door-to-door waste pickup will also ensure that uneducated people will be able to find employment. Lower unemployment indirectly results in reducing poverty (SDG 1) and reducing hunger (SDG 2). 6) It also promotes partnership among various stakeholders for the goals. Thus, Green Bin will help make the world a cleaner and greener place.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Initial financing will be obtained through crowdfunding websites, start-up competitions, etc. We will also try to obtain financing from corporates as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The initial seed funding will be used to create prototypes and for manufacturing a test batch as well as for designing the Green Bins app. We will also establish partnerships with local as well as national-level environmental or non-profit organizations that will facilitate the household pick-up of waste and deliver it to the recycling centers. The prototypes will be helpful to convince the organizations to partner with us. After testing the market, the manufacturing will be carried out. The dustbins will be sold for an appropriate price point to cover the production costs so that the business will be sustainable. Only eco-friendly materials will be used in the manufacturing of the dustbin. Those who purchase Green Bin will download the app which will track their waste generation. The consumers simply need to throw their waste and when a particular section of the dustbin is full, the waste collectors will be notified automatically and will pick up the waste. With AI, the app will also notify the consumers of the amount of waste they generate and give helpful tips to cut back on the waste. Since everyone uses dustbins the scope of this product is huge. The concept can also be expanded to make similar dustbins in public places. As we sell more units and expand our market, we will be able to drive the cost of goods down and sell the Green Bin at a lower price. We will also ensure that it is accessible and affordable to a broader audience because the more people use it, the more the environment will be benefitted from it.
This is Isha. Im a 22 year old student currently studying MSc Economics, where Im learning about environmental economics among other subjects. I have a flair for numbers and love learning new languages. From a young age, Ive had a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world. When I was in school, I utilized my vacations to make 500 paper bags from old newspapers and distributed to them in my neighborhood to encourage people to stop the usage of polythene bags. Along with getting academic awards in college, I was also a part of the Social Enabling Center for all three years. During that time, I volunteered three days a week at an NGO to teach underprivileged children. I was made the student co-ordinator for the same for two years and I motivated over 80 volunteers from my college to join the cause. I also wanted to help the environment so I completed courses on climate change and global warming by ICCE (International Center for Culture and Education) and UNFCC. I was selected as the Climate Counsellor for a course, where I helped 40 people to complete the course. The collective action resulted in over 500 trees being planted in 6 months. Being a member of AIESEC (the worlds largest youth-run organization, recognized by the UN), I enhanced my leadership qualities and learnt the importance of the 17 SDGs and how we can do our part in fulfilling them. I have participated in as well as organized various tree plantation and cleanliness drives. I think we can achieve the SDGs target by 2030 if we work towards it. I strongly believe all of us have the capacity and potential to make the world a much better place. I hope to do my bit with Green Bin.