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IoT Connected Food Waste Bin - made from Nike rubber granulate

Calculates CO2 emissions reduction based on volume of food waste diverted. Connects to mobile app which reports value of carbon credits.

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Potential Value Proposition to customers: By purchasing an innovative AEG connected food waste bin, made from Nike grind recycled materials, your not only contributing to the circular economy, Nike will donate 5(?) carbon credits to your personal carbon credit account on the AEG carbon credit mobile app platform.  

By purchasing the AEG connected food waste bin a portion of the proceeds will be invested in to funding social, economic and environmental change initiatives in marginalized communities.  Our first initiative will fund the construction of a new daycare.  Our second initiative will fund the building of six unit affordable energy efficient housing development in a neighbouring community. 

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Advanced Environmental Group (AEG) - a social impact enterprise.

Website (if applicable)

Website in development.

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Granulate
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

Rubber granulate will be used in the production of the physical bin through a moulding process. The elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) is one manufacturing process available to produce the bin. This process is currently being used by Nike to place new Nike Grind products on the market. Wireless communication between the IoT connected food waste bin and smartphone will use several different wireless communication technologies in concert. Wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Classic, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth LE will be combined to create a reliable connection between the IoT food waste bin and smartphone app. Electronic components, weigh sensors, and the wireless communication technologies will be added after the physical bin has been constructed from the Nike Grind materials. Alternatively, community residents will be trained on how to build the bins through a moulding process or operate 3D printers which incorporates recycled granulate into the 3D printing process. The full grain or synthetic leather could be used as a strap/handle for the bin. Sensors and connectivity components will be added during the bin moulding or 3D printing process.

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What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing
  • Prototyping

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

Initial target market will focus on food waste composting enthusiasts. An IoT solution that can report data and the value of carbon credits based on their food waste diversion practices will offer value to the users of the bin. Accumulation of data will provide government stakeholders with valuable information on how food waste diversion best practices are contributing to reducing GHG emissions. Government could reward consumers based on their food waste diversion via tax credits.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

MVP food waste bin and mobile app is in development. Our plan is to acquire 100 participants to partake in our pilot initial project. Participants will receive a connected food waste bin and subscription to our mobile app. We will test, generate user feedback, and accumulate food waste data over a 60 to 90 day period. Developing our value proposition based on the information obtained from composting enthusiasts will provide critical feedback on the challenges we will potentially face in scaling the connected bin to the broader market of consumers. Data obtained during the pilot project will be used to develop our carbon credit tracking platform. Scale to roadside bins once the countertop bin has been tested by users.

How is your idea innovative?

IoT devices are increasing in popularity and availability. There is a need to understand how we can reduce our individual carbon footprint. An IoT solution for the food waste industry that reports that data based on the volume of food waste an individual diverts from landfill is a great way to understand how we can each play our part to reduce climate change. The ultimate goal is to create a carbon credit trading system in which individuals accumulate and trade their carbon credits.

What inspired this idea?

AEG's mission is to empower marginalized individuals through education and long-term employment opportunities. A B&M collection service and composting facility opens in the communities AEG operates. Capture and monetize carbon credits via compost process which funds building of affordable housing.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Ryan Ferguson, Founder - background in entrepreneurship. Seeking additional team members.

In what city are you located?

Halifax Nova Scotia Canada

In what country are you located?

Canada

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

Corporation, planned conversion to B-corp.

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

Becoming a top idea will serve as a critical endorsement of both our product and our vision of creating a personal GHG emissions tracking platform. The need to create innovative solutions which incorporate technology and are designed to reduce climate change is now. Developing a platform which can allow individuals to track, donate or trade their carbon credits represents a tremendous opportunity for both communities and corporate entities.

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Could waste bins be made for city-wide recycle programs, as well?

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Hello Mark Kazemzadeh 
Thank you for your comments. Yes the goal is to expand the bin to city-wide and community recycling programs. This will also require specific training and education on proper handling of the bins and monitoring of contents in order to avoid damage to the bin or contamination of the food waste with non-organic materials. I am interested in partnering with cities and municipalities to run pilot programs in order to refine the product and process of bin collection once we have fully developed our prototype.

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