Circular Innovation Jam 2020: Meet Our 3 Country Finalists Aiming to Solve Ocean Plastic Pollution

Instead of jamming with music, participants at this year’s Circular Innovation Jam (CIJ) came together brimming with ideas and unique solutions to end plastic pollution. 

 

After a week-long virtual design sprint from July 18 to 23, three groups in the Philippines qualified for the South and South East Asian finals. Using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, 87 teams from across 5 countries– India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines, developed their ideas with the help of mentors from various fields of expertise. 

 

Meet the Philippine Finalists

 

Nanolabs LRC Co. Ltd

Nanolabs provides eco-friendly and sustainable nano-solutions to electrochemical energy storage, and biomedical and environmental challenges. Their technology transforms plastic waste to graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms which when stacked on top of each other forms graphite through hybrid jig floatation and an inert environment furnace. 

 

One 4 Zero

One 4 Zero offers Waste Assessment and Brand Audit (WABA), a tool used to obtain at-source data about the solid waste in a certain area. In partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Local Government Units (LGUs) among others, One 4 Zero aims to provide data on waste generation and classification, as well as brand audits of single-use plastics recommended for decentralized collection systems.

 

Ouro Prime 

Ouro Prime aims to contribute to food security through a distributed community soil enrichment program.With a table to farm approach, the program involves collecting biodegradable waste from homes and institutions, processing the waste with enriched soil, packaging the product, and distributing it to farmers to use in their farms. 

 

“The Circular Innovation Jam was a prime opportunity for pioneers and trailblazers to convene and develop their solutions for a circular economy. The variety of participants ranging from students to professionals, researchers to even members of the clergy is testament to the urgency to make a truly circular economy,” said Tana Verzo of Impact Hub Manila, the lead organizer of CIJ in the Philippines.

 

What’s next for the finalists?

The 25 regional finalists from across the region will move on to a 4 to 6 week online support program to help them refine their ideas. The finalists will be guided by The Incubation Network and supported by world-class mentors. The teams will then present their solutions before the judges. The top three winners will be granted $5,000 USD to launch their project. 

 

CIJ aims to support participants from across the region in developing innovative and inclusive ideas to advance local circular economies for plastics and effective waste management systems in their local communities to end ocean plastic pollution.

Join us as Impact Hub Manila celebrates its 5th Anniversary the entire month of June. Tune in for more events, programs, and engagements. 

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