UN Goal 12:
Responsible Production and Consumption
Starting with ideas related to the problem statements below, we will deploy AI to cluster your ideas and find hidden connections among them. Then we’ll iterate and conduct a targeted call for comments, combining the creativity of the crowd with deep insights from experts in the field. Welcome to the Fix the Planet team!
The plastic garbage patch
A garbage patch made primarily of waste plastics is floating in the Pacific Ocean. The patch has grown to cover more than 1.6 million square km, larger than many countries. This garbage patch has not only killed animals, including whales and other endangered marine life, the toxic chemicals it has released may be damaging the human immune system.
How can we eliminate the need for plastic?
How can we recycle the plastic garbage patch?
How do we deal with all the poisonous microplastics now entering the food chain?
Circular business models
Trash is piling up and it’s not going away. It can take 450 years for some types of plastic to break down. One type of plastic, PET, while recyclable, doesn’t biodegrade at all. Meanwhile, most business and industries still think in terms of a linear economy, where raw natural resources are made into products, which are sold and then thrown away. In a circular economy, waste is sustainably recycled and becomes an input for the next phase.
How can we create a supportive sustainable circular business infrastructure?
How can we increase the reuse of products, reduce production, and make a profitable business out of it?
How do we make recycling easier for the business community?