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Feeding starving children through modular shoes made from recycled plastics​.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Over 381 million tonnes of plastic wastes was generated in 2015 alone! In a metropolitan like Lagos,over 1200 tonnes of plastic waste is generated on a daily basis.The average American generates an average of 0.5 kg of plastic wastes daily;that is equivalent of a standard shoe! I grew up in a third world country that prioritized rapid industrialization above environmental sustainability with the end result of highly unacceptable levels of toxic industrial wastes and effluent emissions. I began to feel the hardship they had experienced for many years. Then, it looked like I could do nothing significant about this; I however learnt over time that it was well within my capacity to help the situation in the least.I also realized that this menace spans from my community in Lagos to countries like South Africa,India,Brazil and even to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,thus,not only a Nigerian problem but a global one. Our solution: Modular shoes recycled from plastic wastes which enables you to change as many as shoes as possible with same sole just by changing the flaps, thus significantly reducing the global carbon footprint and cost of wearing at least an extra shoe.With our solution, we would creating millions of jobs on a global scale from the least of the dump picker, manufacturers and government.Global impact of carbon footprint would become negligible, wastes generated from these shoes would be used to produce same shoe; thus resulting in a circular economy.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Our solution is particular targeted at communities and countries (Nigeria, South Africa,India,Brazil) of high plastic waste pollution and children in underserved communities.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

5% of our profits is committed to saving lives of starving children in underserved communities. Also, our proprietary modular shoes are recycled from plastic wastes, thus solving major environmental problems and reducing global carbon footprint.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

More than 5 trillion plastics pieces still afloat!​ 381 million tonnes of plastics produced annually!​ 90.5% of these plastics wastes has never been recycled! (plastics are converted to plastics = more plastics!;p>0.05) ​ The average American produces about 0.5kg/day ~ average weight of a standard shoe!

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

0.5kg of plastic wastes = 1 standard shoe​ 1kg of plastic wastes =2 shoes​ ~ 381 million tonnes of plastic wastes produced annually =381,000,000,000 kg​ 381,000,000,000 kg * 2 =762,000,000,000 shoes!!!​ Our target is to produce 5,000,000 shoes/year​ Our average shoe is $22.22;profit/shoe is $11.11. 5% is $0.55​ ~ 100 million Children go hungry/year = ~ 280,000 children starved/day and 3 children starved/second ​ In a year, we would have contributed $5,550,000 of our profits to the cause of feeding starving children,and converted over 250,000,000 kg of plastics to wearable shoes!​

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Over 381 million tonnes of plastic wastes was generated in 2015 alone! In a metropolitan like Lagos,over 1200 tonnes of plastic waste is generated on a daily basis.The average American generates an average of 0.5 kg of plastic wastes daily;that is equivalent of a standard shoe! I grew up in a third world country that prioritized rapid industrialization above environmental sustainability with the end result of highly unacceptable levels of toxic industrial wastes and effluent emissions. I began to feel the hardship they had experienced for many years. Then, it looked like I could do nothing significant about this; I however learnt over time that it was well within my capacity to help the situation in the least.I also realized that this menace spans from my community in Lagos to countries like South Africa,India,Brazil and even to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,thus,not only a Nigerian problem but a global one.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Over 381 million tonnes of plastic wastes was generated in 2015 alone! In a metropolitan like Lagos,over 1200 tonnes of plastic waste is generated on a daily basis.The average American generates an average of 0.5 kg of plastic wastes daily;that is equivalent of a standard shoe! I grew up in a third world country that prioritized rapid industrialization above environmental sustainability with the end result of highly unacceptable levels of toxic industrial wastes and effluent emissions. I began to feel the hardship they had experienced for many years. Then, it looked like I could do nothing significant about this; I however learnt over time that it was well within my capacity to help the situation in the least.I also realized that this menace spans from my community in Lagos to countries like South Africa,India,Brazil and even to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia,thus,not only a Nigerian problem but a global one.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

With our solution, we would creating millions of jobs on a global scale from the least of the dump picker, manufacturers and government.Global impact of carbon footprint would become negligible, wastes generated from these shoes would be used to produce same shoe; thus resulting in a circular economy.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Our key partners include: Recycling companies, Physical stores, e-Commerce stores, Shoe manufacturing factories Distribution partners, Advertisement agencies, Governments, Financial institutions, Sale partners, Community based organisations (NGOs)

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Product: A new or enhanced physical product that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

SALUBATA

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Akinse, Fela Shoe Designer (5 years exp., SALUBATA shoe brand),Business Analyst, Environmental Scientist (4 years),British Council Entrepreneurial Award Winner,TEDx Speaker,UBER/ Lagos Innovates Pitch Winner,Forbes Fellow Olatemiju, Abayomi Talent Acquisition and Engagement Supervisor at Andersen Tax, Winner, Best Shared Services Team,Two-time winner of the KPMG Nigeria Innovation Award (Recruitment, L & D),'Go-To-Person', KPMG Shared Services. Oluwafemi, Olumide Warehouse Team Lead and Trainee Manager, Seasoned professional in Warehousing, Quality Assurance, Exports, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Best graduate trainee, Saro Academy 2016 set.

Website URL:

https://salubataofficial.com

Type of submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organization Headquarters: Country

Nigeria

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Lagos

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Photo of Udoka Inwang
Team

Amazing stuff right there fela akinse 

Photo of Isaac Jumba
Team

Hello fela akinse ,

I would like to check again to see if you had some time to go through the challenge brief and also look at Bremley Lyngdoh 's resources?

As the challenge ideas phase ends on August 17th, it might be great to refine your submission in line with the brief.

Could you also share with us your approach in going out to test the idea? You could use the community research toolkit: https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5a147545b687370001bfd10c/5d1669526ad3cb33291bf633_User-Experience-Interview.pdf as a guide

Please also check out this idea Circular Economy (Plastic Recycling)  by Yolo Bakumor  - I wonder if there could be areas of collaboration between your ideas?

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Team

I like your big ambition fela akinse and looking forward to see you idea evolve in this platform with the integration of addressing the challenge question - which is focusing on helping communities on the move. Since you are working on solving the plastic crises in your community perhaps you can take a look at the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which has started a trial project in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya to map the problems of plastic waste. The project will evaluate opportunities for reuse and at the same time contribute to economic growth and employment in the camps and the local communities. https://www.ngi.no/eng/News/NGI-News/Plastic-waste-in-refugee-camps-may-turn-into-building-materials

Photo of Isaac Jumba
Team

Hi fela akinse great to have your idea on the platform.

I would like to better understand how your solution addresses the challenge question - which is focusing on the people of move? You could refer more on the challenge brief and opportunity areas -

Looking forward to see the idea grow.

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Team

fela akinse just in case you don't have the links to the
Brief: https://bit.ly/2LbtI5d
Evaluation Criteria: https://bit.ly/32jkCIM

Here you go!