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Denimcle

Improving our world with a pair of jeans.

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Solution Title

Recycling Denim

Solution Summary

When a client has a pair of jeans that no longer wears, instead of throwing them away they could easily turn them into a reusable and resistent shopping bag.

Terms and Conditions

  • Yes

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

ITESM

Website (if applicable)

https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_knAUuRE=/

What is the current stage of development of your solution?

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Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. The first image you provide will be the image used to promote your idea as a Winner.

Booth/Vending Machine which gathering orders from clients.

"Denimcle" is a service that allows us to turn your old denim clothing, mainly jeans, into a recycled, reusable and resistant new bag intended to be used for grocery shopping in order to replace plastic bags.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Point of sale checkout
  • Local delivery from retailer
  • Reusable models

How does this solution integrate into retail environments or delivery systems?

The first step to own a Demincle bag is to go to a store where the client will be able to find a Demincle deposit, which is the first step in order to obtain a bag.

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Any person who goes to any convenience store who is interested not only in cutting the use of plastic bags from their shopping activities, but those who don't necessarily want to throw a good pair of jeans away.

How is your solution recoverable? What is the expected end of life for this solution's materials once it is no longer usable? Please upload any documentation or evidence of material recoverability.

A Demincle bag initially comes from a recovered product: jeans or a piece of clothing made out of denim. The benefit is that denim is one of the most resistant fabrics which allows it to be reused in several different forms. When the person's bag breaks or rips, it can go through the exact same process in order to restore the bag's structure.

What health and safety concerns might your solution raise, and how are you considering addressing them?

The only slight concern might be the cleanliness of the person turning in their jeans. It's ideal that the denim is turned in recently washed as the pick-up/delivery men and seamstresses will be manipulating it directly in order to transform its shape and transport it.

Mentorship needs (please select up to 3)

  • Business Model Development
  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping

In what city are you located?

Guadalajara, Jalisco.

In what country are you located?

Mexico

What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

Sole Proprietor

Please describe how becoming a Winner will support the growth of your concept.

It will help me get a clearer vision of where I want my solution to end up and how I would like to keep developing it, finding alternatives and possible "sub-solutions" to the main.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

Is your company a diverse supplier, MBE, WBE, VBE?

  • Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

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loving the idea, really seems like you explored, trully incredible.

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