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agualu

water machines that purify water in comunities

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We created a machines that purify water and teaches in a network bases to recicle the plastic and teach the system, it has an earning benefit for consumers to communicate the culture and educate their community. 

Idea Title

agualu, network of purify water

Company / Organization Name

agualu

Website

www.agualu.com

Where are you / your team located?

Mexico, Jalisco, Guadalajara

How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

Mexico is one of the largest consumer of plastic bottles, we try to educate the community to earn money by communicating the system of recycle, and Also the benefit of purchasing a better quality of alkaline water at a lower price.

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?

developing countries, Mexico, Latino America.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

We have a duplication system, the scaling idea is great

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Full-scale roll-out: You have developed a pilot, tested, and analyzed the impact of that pilot as it pertains to the problem scope. You are ready to expand the pilot significantly and begin to scale.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

Plastic bottle consumption in Mexico and Latino America will decrease with projects where people save money and have the posibility to earn money by educating other consumers to recycle.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

Water machines have been in the market for many years, the problem is the culture in Mexico and latino countries where machines are not use by consumers in the cities. We try to encourage the project by giving it a small twist of a network, and use the human side of adopting a technology, by using the machines in the cities and expand the system around communities.

Tell us about your work experience

in the team we have co-founders of many areas, design, engineering, and try to have an expert in each area of the project. I study Industrial Engineering, Master in Finances.

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

Corporation, Milo Corporation SA de CV

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Photo of Kate Rushton
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nHi Emilio!

It is great to see you in the challenge! I do remember that water is expensive in Mexico.

What stage are you at in the development of your idea i.e. you have a prototype machine, an operational machine, an operational machine with customers etc.?

What is the process you need to go through to get access to the water network for use in the machine e.g. permits, proof of safety etc.?

Do you have any existing barriers to developing your idea that you’d like to share to help the OpenIDEO community understand where they might join the conversation and provide feedback?

How would the cost of water from the machines compare to bottled water?

It would be great if you could highlight the use case your idea refers to (bottle caps) - https://d3gxp3iknbs7bs.cloudfront.net/attachments/d7cfea9d-b5a2-4ce3-a8de-3e518a3c4b67.pdf

and include your videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Im8vWAUig
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUQCqYMzCMI - this is easy for non-Spanish speakers to understand.

There are two other ideas that you might want to look at Sustainable Sachet Replacement for Bottom of the Pyramid Families that Stops the Flow of Plastic Waste While Increasing Disposable Incomes - Brian Bauer 's company is operating in Colombia and Chile and has an existing vending machine for dried food that they plan to adapt for sachets. Also NeuBev Company is changing the way you drink which is a vending machine which is a vending machine with flavoured water in the US.

Photo of Kate Rushton
Team

If you have any questions, just tag me here using @ or send me an email.

I am tagging Lauren Ito who knows the Latin American market more than I do to see if she has any questions.

You also might want to connect to the OpenIDEO Aguascalientes Chapter - https://beta.openideo.com/chapters/10 - who may have some insights Catalina De la Rocha is the Chapter Organizer.

Photo of Emilio Chalita
Team

Hello Kate! Amazing your Comments, thank you!

if you need anything please contact me by email or mobile! +5213310030491, emilio@agualu.com

would be great if you join the team! Right now we have some machines install already in Mexico, and would like to start producing big scale.

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