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 10:41

Explain your idea in details:

The primary objective of Aashvasan is to provide surplus food to those who need it. With the help of omnipresent food banks, no morsel of food should ever go uneaten. Anytime an individual, family, community or restaurant finds that it has heaps of food that is perfectly safe for consumption but does not know whom to share it with, they may 'deposit' at a nearby food bank. Anyone who is hungry may walk in and get some food to fill their stomachs. The idea is essentially that of a community refrigerator of sorts - we cook, and we eat because food unites us; it knows no boundaries. Thanks to this, we will reduce food waste as individuals whilst also combating hunger.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Roughly one-third of the food that is produced in the world for human consumption every year gets wasted. Food waste is one of the leading causes of global warming worldwide because it usually ends up in landfills where it decomposes without access to oxygen, generating methane, a toxic greenhouse gas. Another cost of food waste that perpetually goes unnoticed are the resources that went into its production in the first place: land, soil, water and copious amounts of money. Everyone knows about pollution and water conservation but few talk of minimising food waste as a means for sustainability. Through Aashvasan, all the resources that went into food production will be utilised to their fullest extent. By saving enormous amounts of resources for future generations and ensuring food security for the people of today, Aashvasan can help spearhead the sustainability movement.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business is not owned by individuals but is a community effort. With the principle of 'we prepare, we consume' in mind, we can work with Good Samaritans, non-governmental organisations and depend on other forms of crowdfunding to get Aashvasan up and running in its initial stages. As the idea gains traction, it will become the responsibility of governments to step up and set up food banks every 200 metres or so, just like it invests in public restrooms and drinking water fountains. After all, food is a human rights issue and it is paramount that governments ensure it to their citizens.

Your profile

I am Sonam Dhera, aged 18, from India. I often feel like we live on the brink of catastrophe and that this is a war in which none of us can afford to be bystanders. For this reason, I choose to do the little I can to make the world a better place every day and champion the causes that I stand for. The cause of minimising food waste is close to my heart because we grow up learning to respect food, say thanks before a meal, and cherish it. Coming from such a place, it seems unfair and pitiful to see these values learnt during one's childhood vanish when one touches adulthood. Seeing the amounts of food that get wasted every day makes me feel like food waste is an ethical, environmental and economic disaster - not to mention, it makes little sense. This makes me wonder why governments aren't doing much about it. Moreover, I feel like food waste is an issue everyone is guilty of at some point of time. Reducing food waste can have dramatic repercussions and make ripples in the movement towards sustainability, yet, to my observation, most people don't quite see the magnitude of the problem. I believe that if people just knew how much of a disaster food waste can be and how microscopic changes can produce colossal results, countless more would join the movement.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

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June 18, 2021 06:06

Brilliant idea! It sounds very much nice to assist in hunger as not many people have enough of it. This solution is nice, but you need to manage the hygiene of your food bank, making sure nothing and no one else than society in need will access them. (take in account animals and people who already have enough food). Make sure you split the areas in the food banks to match the food deposited. Mark the expiry date, make sure the place is clean and sanitary, and perhaps even hire somebody to supervise each food bank. Hope it helps! Good luck!