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 June 1, 2021 um 11:59

Explain your idea in details:

300 Million Tons of plastic the world produces every year. Plastic pollutes water and land. 7.5 billions trees cut alone in one year -which is not sustainable. And Consumers hate waste. Packaging waste is a serious thread to our environment. Food wrappers and containers: 31.15 % - Plasticbags:11.18 % - Beverage bottles:7.27 %.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Our idea follow the following UN SDG Goals: Hemp cultivation, processing, and manufacturing provide job opportunities and promote economic and social inclusion of the local and regional people. Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being Goal 8 Decent work and Economic Growth Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities Goal 12 Responsible consumption and production Goal 13 Climate Action Goal 15 Life on Land Hemp growing requirements are frugal: no large quantities of water, no soil nutrients and pesticides are required. It absorbs significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it to generate 65 to 75 % of cellulose in its biomass. Cellulose is essential for the production of paper packaging/bioplastics. Due to its short harvesting time of only 4 months, hemp is also stable in crop cycles. We will also proud to be a "Made in Pakistan" company in near future. According to statistics, it takes 323 liters of water to produce 1kg of paper. Furthermore, each year, over 7.5 billion trees are felled solely for the purpose of producing paper. We currently use paper that consumes a lot of water. A sheet of A4 paper, for example, uses ten liters of water. Unsustainable pulpwood products have a negative impact on the environment. In Pakistan, for example, the conversion of deep peatlands into pulp plantations has resulted in the release of carbon. Emissions and pollution from conventional paper mills are massive and easily visible. Greenhouse gases are released in large quantities during the pulp and paper manufacturing processes.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Sabeel is developing and promoting an innovative biorefining technology that quickly transforms stalks into pulp and other useful co-products for the production of bio-based products that will eventually replace products produced from trees and petroleum. Why food packaging from hemp plant? 50% of plastics is made for disposal products, like packaging. This is unfortunate because most plastics are petroleum-based can take up to 400 years to degrade. We believe hemp plan is an ideal feedstock for bio-based plastics and paper paper packaging. From the herd/biomass and the cellulose of hemp plant, we will make bioplastics/paper packaging. Hemp bioplastics/paper packaging are biodegradable and takes up to 6 months to fully decompose, standard based plastic based on fossil fuel , on the other hand, takes up to 1000 years to decompose. Sabeel's advanced pulping technology, known as continuous countercurrent reactor (CCR) technology, sets it apart in the hemp industry. Sabeel has demonstrated its biorefining innovation, which rapidly extracts the fundamental constituents of the stalks the cellulose-rich pulp, lignin, and xylose-rich sugars to make various bio-based products for many industries, using a self-funded CCR pilot plant. In addition to producing pulp for paper, the lignin co-product can be converted into bioplastics and chemicals, and the xylose sugars can be converted into xylitol, the healthiest sugar known to man. Hemp plants are used as a raw material in the production of hemp paper. Hemp paper is made from both fibre and pulp. Fiber paper is typically tough and long-lasting, whereas pulp paper is softer and better suited to everyday use. Technically, hemp paper is superior to wood paper because it is easier to produce and of higher quality.

Your profile

Final semester business student with majors in Entrepreneurship at Institute of Management Sciences on fully funded scholarship for four years with stipend. I have done 4 internships from UNDP Pakistan, Microsoft, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and Minds work International. I have done 1 fellowship from SAVVY fellowship. I also have done dozens of courses from well-reputed institutes and online learning platforms like coursera, Edx, Google and many others. I'm currently 24. I want to do something big with my entrepreneurial mindset for my people, that will make me proud. I'm currently incubated with this startup at National Incubation Center, Islamabad. With this idea, We were winner on-campus and regional winners at Hult prize competitions. Apart from this, Shortlisted for climate launchpad Pakistan.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage, idea offered for implementation by others

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