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:
Natbag consists of an activity of converting recovered paper into packaging. In other words, it is an activity of producing paper packaging from recovered paper. It is an activity that has several objectives, the main ones being: - Fight against ocean plasticization - Reduction in the use of plastic bags - Implementation of the concept of the blue economy - Job creation The activity therefore has 3 stages. It involves research and recovery of papers first, then cleaning and sacking and finally marketing. The idea arose from the following observations: - Paper is used to produce newspapers, magazines. But after reading it is stored, or resold as is to resellers for the sale of their products. They tear it up end by end to put their product in it for their customers. - Several African countries including Togo have issued legislation to reduce or even ban the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags and even plastic bags. But apart from Rwanda, which can be cited as a good example, no African country has really advanced in this fight. In Togo 10 years after the law was passed, non-biodegradable plastic bags are still popular. The plastic bag is literally consumed. So to implement the idea while taking into account the concept of the blue economy, the innovation in this activity was to produce the bags from tools developed first in paper and then in wood. Indeed, no machine is directly involved in the bag manufacturing process. The manufacture is manual and the majority of the tools used are in wood or paper; to put in all hands.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The implementation of the NatBag project on a large scale will have an impact on different levels. The impacts of NatBag projects will focus on recycling waste, creating added value and jobs, changing habits, reducing the use of plastic bags. Impacts on waste recycling The waste concerned here is paper. The NatBag project will give a second life to newspaper, magazine and cement bag papers. Impact on the creation of added value and employment The transformation of recovered paper into packaging will create added value to this material. As the transformation process takes place in three stages (Collection-Transformation-Marketing), a workforce will be needed, hence job creation. Impact on changing habits The marketing of paper bags will be preceded and accompanied by a public awareness campaign on the dangers of plastic bags on health. Awareness of the populations would lead to a change in habits. Impact on reducing the use of plastic bags Raising awareness among the population through awareness and the use of paper bags should help reduce the use of plastic bags. To assess these impacts, the following indicators will be recorded during periodic surveys of a sample of traders. - Level of information on the ban on plastic bags and its health hazards - Use of paper bags - Budget spent in the use of paper bags and in that of plastic bags
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The NatBag project is part of a sustainable business model. The target of the NatBag project is made up of traders and resellers, a population that currently uses plastic bags as packaging to serve products to customers. But in the face of legislation banning plastic bags and the challenge of protecting the environment, alternative solutions emerge. Paper as packaging is well known especially to vegetable sellers. Giving a shape to this paper to make pouches or bags would facilitate their substitution for plastic bags. The papers to be used as basic material are collected from households, bookstores, newspaper vendors, site managers. The paper bags produced will be made available to traders through a reseller channel present in the markets. The price is evaluated at 25 CFA francs per unit, 3 units for 25 CFA francs and 100 CFA francs depending on the size and material. They will be sold in sets of 5, 10, 12, 25. To publicize the products, communication campaigns will be carried out through social media, radio broadcasts and awareness campaigns in collaboration with associations. The production of paper bags goes through three key stages which are collection, processing and marketing. Collection is the most critical phase and can result in the purchase of papers. Production, marketing, communication, accounting are the cogs necessary for the functioning of the organization. For production, no special skills are required. A period of training is sufficient. But for the other cogs minimum technical skills are required The activity will expand towards the production of packaging for shops, wine bottles and bakeries as well.
My name is SALAMI Momoh Rachid. I am the initiator of the NatBag project. I was born on June 21, 1985. Currently I am 35 years old. For the Competition I therefore registered in the Adult category. After studying literature at high school, I chose to study law at university. The idea was to specialize in environmental law. But I was not at the end of my project for family reasons. To capitalize on my knowledge of law, I therefore chose to pursue professional studies in the field of insurance which was sanctioned by obtaining the diploma of patent of Superior Technician in Insurance. Apart from internships and some business operations in the insurance fields, it was the IT sector that welcomed us for our first long-term job as a salesperson. After a few years, to capitalize on, we did a computer training course to obtain a Bachelor's degree in web and multimedia technologies. This journey has allowed me to develop a spirit of adaptation to change, perseverance and above all self-learning. I discovered entrepreneurship during my stint with a local section of Junior Chamber International in my country in 2008. Following this, I initiated several projects. Entrepreneurship is a dynamic profession that leads on multiple and diverse terrains; constantly requiring a capacity for self-learning, collaboration and testing our capacities for resilience and creativity. Therein lies my motivation.