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.

Self cleaning To-go utensils.

Published on September 15, 2021 um 08:57

Explain your idea in details:

Single-use plastic utensils are a waste of resources and produce a lot of plastic trash that may not be biodegradable. The objective for this self cleaning to-go utensils is to help eliminate single-use plastic utensils. Half sized stainless steel spoon/fork/knife set hides inside of a compact palm-sized UV sanitizing tube. The sanitizing tube serves as the handle of the utensil. After use, people just need to wipe the utensils and rinse them with water, put the utensils back into the tube, sanitizing cycle with UV light starts with a button press. The utensil set is ready for next use. The compact set can be attached to keychain or baggage chain for use when people are on the go.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Statistics shows 40 billions of plastic utensils are used and tossed every year in US. Among 30 million tons of plastic Americans discard, only 8% gets recycled. The rest goes to landfills or becomes litter that causes plastic pollution to our environment. When compact half sized utensil with UV sanitizing be made available to the public, single-use plastic utensils can be eliminated to reduce plastic pollution.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business will be organized as a nonprofit. It will seek funding from the government and environmental advocacy groups for manufacturing. The product will be sold at cost, or distributed for free in exchange for donation to cover the cost.

Your profile

I am a 16 years old high school student who is passionate about environment and sustainability. I am the vice president of National Youth Council of Project Green School, a national organization that cultivates environmental leadership among youth. I am also one of the leaders of the environment club at my high school. This past summer, I interned with Clean Water Action and helped with environmental advocacy at the state level. I recently did a survey of various policy for greenhouse gas reduction and wrote a paper on it.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage

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