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.

Making cutlery with self-cleaning bioplastic

Stage of Idea conceptual stage

Explain your idea in details:

Self-cleaning bioplastic, which has lotus inspired structures can not only repel liquids and dirt effectively, but also retain its self-cleaning properties after being scratched with abrasives and exposed to heat, acid and ethanol. Also, the process of making the bioplastic is simple, only requires raw materials as its element. My idea is making cutlery with this self-cleaning bioplastic. It would be innovative as this bioplastic made cutlery repels water and dirt, and is cheap and degradable. Many people who live in poor condition cannot take care of the hygiene of their cutlery which they use to eat or they do not even have any cutlery. Therefore, selling the self-cleaning bioplastic made cutlery to poor people will improve their hygiene and help people eat their meals more efficiently and conveniently.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

My idea is sustainable; related to SDGs Goal 3 Good health and well-being, and Goal15 life on land because of the feature of self-cleaning bioplastic. First, the materials used to make self-cleaning bioplastic are starch and cellulose, which are cheap, widely available, and degradable. In addition, the process of making the bioplastic is simple and does not need any special machine, which means that making the bioplastic does not harm the environment. Furthermore, through distributing the cutlery, we can help the poor to improve their hygiene and therefore improve their health by helping them to avoid diseases. Therefore, as self cleaning bioplastic breaks down in soil naturally and is cheap, making cutlery with it is eco-friendly and affordable.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

The materials for the bioplastic, starch and cellulose, are cheap and therefore the poor can afford to buy the bioplastic made cutlery. In addition, a roll-to-roll process, which does not need any special machine or heating process is used to make the bioplastic. Furthermore, the bioplastic breaks down in soil naturally causing no environmental harm. I want to cooperate with RMIT University researchers who developed the self-cleaning bioplastic to make cutlery with the bioplastic. Moreover, I would like to advertise my idea through SNS and obtain investment from investors, and charities. Through my idea, more people can enjoy their meal with clean cutlery, not worrying about unsanitary bowls or spoons.

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Your profile

My name is Kim Na Yeon. I am a 17-year-old girl who goes to foreign language school in South Korea. I studied SDGs with my classmates at school. After studying SDGs, we were thinking of someway or something that is sustainable to make the world a better place. Then, I came up with my idea as I was thinking about the essential things for humans to live. Everyone needs to eat to survive. When I was thinking of eating the cutlery, which is the tool used to eat, popped in my head and I decided to apply for this competition with my idea.

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