Best Ideas 2022 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.

Patch Your Needs

Stage of Idea conceptual stage

Explain your idea in details:

Use thrown away fabric from clothes, bags, shoes, etc. Cleanse the fabric and cut them in pieces to create multicolored and multi patterned fabric. Use the newly made fabric to make bags, pencil cases, and other school related supplies. Donate these items to students who are in need of school supplies. Sell products and donate a portion of the money earned from it to students who are in need of financial support

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

I hope to reduce the amount of trash the fashion industry is creating. So much fabric is being wasted when so much labor is spent on creating them and when there are people in need of items created from fabric such as clothes and other supplies. I want to minimize the effects these trash have on the environment, create new items out of those trash and provide those new items to those who are in need of them through this idea.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

To begin with, Id like to collaborate with bigger fashion organizations or fashion brands such as H&M. H&M is known for collaborating with multiple organizations in order to achieve renewable fashion, and a big brand like this would be a big help to advertise my idea and future products. It would also help to create a stable financial basis to maintain my idea. I would also like to work with National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP https://www.nccp.org/) to help donate school supplies and provide financial support for students. This idea will use solar energy to obtain the electricity needed to sanitize the used fabric. It will also hire designers who are capable of implementing this idea, but have no economic stability to use their skills.

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Your profile

Im a 15 year old Korean student- an aspiring designer- attending Seongnam Foreign Language High school. As a person who is always interested in the fashion industry, it always troubled me how fashion creates so much waste every time. I want to use fashion as a tool to help people, especially young students, not something that destroys the environment. I was first inspired by Hong Kongs Novetex Upcycling Factory, which is a factory that turns used cloth and fabric into thread to create new clothing. I thought I could revise this and attempt to create unique and artistic items out of used fabric that people will be willing to purchase and use.

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