Best Ideas 2021 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.


Published on July 26, 2021 um 08:57

Explain your idea in details:

HasteWaste is an idea for a service that aids small food businesses in managing food waste. Every year, retail food stores and food services in British Columbia alone lose around $1.3 billion of food. Businesses, from food trucks to wholesalers, all contribute to the problem of food waste. However, while large businesses have effective means to manage their waste and work towards sustainability, small businesses would struggle to do so due to limited resources and time. These businesses may include traditional or local joints that are small yet have a long history of high culture significanceestablishments such as small ramen stands, family bakeries, or food trucks. A few specific examples that come to mind include Eleodoro Lopezs parking lot pizza in Los Angeles, Smart Fish'' fish soup restaurant in Chiayi County, Taiwan, or Rodopho Perezs Aquario Cafe serving Latin American food in New York City. Many more examples of similar establishments can be seen from around the world. While the ones listed are just the tip of the iceberg, all of these businesses have a few things in commontheyve all been serving affordable and authentic food to hundreds every day for years or even decades, often with recipes passed through generations. Yet, as these business owners are focused on serving customers all day everyday, many are unable to put too much effort into managing waste. Thus, they just throw most of the unused food into the garbage. HasteWaste wishes to help these business owners sort out the food waste they produce according to degrees of freshness or edibility and deliver accordingly to local organizations, composting facilities, food banks, etc. I hope that with HasteWaste, business owners can save time and space whilst minimizing the amount of food that is simply thrown out.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Through its services, HasteWaste hopes to support the sustainable development goal of sustainable consumption and production by addressing the issue of food waste among smaller and more local communities. HasteWaste aims to find the balance between ensuring the wellbeing of small food establishments and sustainability, tackling wastefulness at a scale most people consider too small to worry about. If successful, HasteWaste can encourage others to begin to work towards sustainable development no matter how big or small of an impact they can bring, ultimately benefiting the development goal as a whole. Moreover, by making sure food thrown out from these businesses will not be turned into garbage and can continue to benefit the environment through composting, donation, etc, HasteWaste aids in the preservation of the care, culture, and history behind the food items and thus addresses some aspects of good health and well-being as a positive bonus.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Personally, I believe the most important step of the initial stages is starting small by identifying businesses in my local community (West Vancouver) in need of such help. There are plenty of these small restaurants and businesses that I can easily get in touch with. Then, it would be getting to know what kind of food items are being wasted by each business and finding the appropriate facilities to deliver the waste to. With the help of my friends and family, we can easily establish a few connections and start experimenting with various methods. After that, we can start to focus on simply expanding the system, getting the word around, and trying to help as many businesses in my area as possible. Slowly but surely, a constant, gradual growth can be maintained. At that stage, HasteWaste would be at a bigger scale, so it would be a good idea to start introducing community volunteering, collaboration with schools, or even start sourcing funds as a plan for a greater expansion. In conclusion, beginning with a DIY process as well as putting time and sustained effort into the project is my plan for the initial implementation of HasteWaste. By setting achievable milestones each step of the way, HasteWaste has a good chance of succeeding as a business itself and making a meaningful impact.

Your profile

My name is Peter Zhu, a 17-year-old currently studying at Mulgrave School in Vancouver, Canada. I come from a suburban district in China named Shang Yu. Having spent almost 15 years of my life in China, my family made sure to maintain a close connection to our hometown no matter which city we moved to. From members of my family, I learned to appreciate simple things, from getting vegetables grown in our own farms to enjoying food from traditional food vendors with decades of history. After my exposure to the Western world at age of 10, I gradually learned about the wonderful worlds of other cultures and traditions that are so different yet similar to my own. Among the many intriguing things of every culture, food always stood out to me. I believe that good food, no matter what it is, indeed has the ability to connect people from around the world. It is a universal language that reaches more people than even the arts. It's always a shame to see food with so much history and love go to waste, so it is my hope that by proposing HasteWaste, I will be given the ability to aid smaller businesses whose voices may be easily heard, provide them support in preserving tradition, and do my part in addressing the development goals of responsible consumption and production as well as zero hunger.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

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