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.

thermolabel

Stage of Idea conceptual stage

Explain your idea in details:

I was on the elevator of my apartment going to my floor when I spotted a poster on the elevator wall. It emphasized and asked our apartment residents to make sure to separate the label and bottle when recycling our waste. It made me think about how many people would not know about this simple yet bothersome task. Whenever someone talks about pollution or how the world is changing due to global warming and overall climate change, they come up with unsustainable and vast ideas as solutions such as spreading awareness or giving education. The way this idea works is that instead of using labels on bottles (or other products), we can use thermochromic ink on plastic bottles. I believe, that even though we can spread awareness about recycling plastic bottles, many people arent aware that we need to separate the label from the whole bottle. Thermochromic ink is a type of ink that changes colors depending on the temperature of the environment around it. If you are not familiar with this ink, think about the necklaces and rings that we called mood rings in our nostalgic childhood. We used to think that they changed colors depending on our emotions, but in reality, they changed depending on the temperature of our body in touch with this very ink. Using this thermochromic ink, we can make it so that when it is in contact, the ink emerges and we can see the contents that are currently on the labels today. On the other hand, when in the refrigerator, freezer, or out of touch from our hands heat, technically a relatively low temperature, the ink changes into a translucent color which would not only be out of our view but also harmless.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

I believe that this idea will help us with the overall issue that we are facing now. What people dont know is that these small yet fatal labels take up to thousands of years to completely break down. This has led us to pollution and serious changes to the habitats of not only us humans, but other living entities such as animals and plants. If this idea is put into action, I believe that we can help with pollution, climate change and other global environment issues. This will impact the UN SDG's number thirteen climate action, number fourteen life below water, and number fifteen life on land from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We need to start from simple tasks in order to solve this huge problem of climate change. I believe the thermolabel will be able to do that very thing.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

There may be some questions on if this thermochromic ink is eco-friendly. If I were to put this plan into action, I long to make a partnership with Matsui, a company that provides eco-friendly ink. The sustainability within this company is well known, as they are mainly water-based paints. Partnering with UNEP; the United Nations Environment Programme, which has in the past, worked towards sustainability goals like this topic, will help spread awareness about how to start slow and steady with this idea. I think the more socially active companies are, the more awareness we can spread. I imagine that one by one, companies all over the world will incorporate this idea, and make use of it for good. What makes this idea potential is that even without the label, there will be no lack or limit to the design and information compared to when there was a label. Many companies can promote this and use diverse designs like we do so now.

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Your profile

My name is Jeong Chaelin also known as Leanne Jeong. I am a 16-year-old girl in high school and currently attending a Foreign Language School in Korea. I was born in San Diego, California, and spent most of my nostalgic childhood in Kansas. spending a good portion of my life in both America and Korea, I got to experience life both in a very urban and relatively rural environment. Spending my days running from one river to another and now roaming around a crowded city, I'd like to say I've experienced quite a lot of climate change before my eyes. What isn't different between these two contrasting places is that there was plastic everywhere. I grew fascinated by all these global issues and now want to work in the UN to help with not only these types of climate change but also global issues such as human rights. I am such a bookworm (to the point where I've read a total of 203 books from August to December of 2021. From these books, I get to experience the diverse lifestyles of different people. I like to learn about these diverse cultures. The most memorable would have to be Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. This book was the one that made me think about this invention.

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