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  • 29-Sep-2017

Close the Plastic Cycle

Abstract

Our green business strives to bring a balance of environmental, social and financial benefits. Our sustainable green business will supply Eco-friendly products that are 100% recycled and 100% recyclable thereby replacing demand for non-green products. Our products will be made entirely of “waste” and produce valuable products that are greener than traditional alternatives. Our activities conform and ensure that all processes, products, manufacturing activities effectively address our global environmental concerns while making a profit. In the process we will help alleviate poverty and preserve the environment for the benefit of future generations

Our major initiative is to eliminate or decrease the environmental harm caused by plastic pollution. Our impact is to reduce the carbon footprint and ultimately close the life-cycle of plastic which takes 500-1000years to degrade. To remain sustainable we will value our social resources including our employees, customers (communities) and building our image. At this time when environmental awareness is widely apprehended, green strategies are being highly embraced by consumers, employees and other stakeholders hence the financial potential is untapped

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Who is your customer?

The market is untapped as we are pioneering these green products and we have a vast selection of potential customers. Customers for plastic lumber include: Agricultural/Farmers (fencing applications, sheds), Transportation- (sign posts, barricades, highway fencing), Industrial- (retaining walls, chemical resistant surfaces), Recreational Playgrounds, National Parks- (borders and fencing), Domestic-(Gardening raised beds, fencing and Decking floors).The potential customers for oil are Hospitals & Municipalities (incinerator use), Petroleum Industries, Glass factories, Steel factories and Power generation plants

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

• Plastic pollution has become a parallel global emergency with Climate Change. If the plastic pollution problem is not solved in the near future we will be holding a similar agreement to The Paris Climate Agreement except on plastic pollution. As our global population is increasing so is the amount of garbage that people are producing. When plastic rubbish pollutes land or enters water bodies it negatively impacts as plastic is it stays afloat and takes years (500-100years) to degrade upsetting the food chain, wildlife together with their habitats, activities and human health. To solve this problem we will use innovation of existing technologies using waste plastic to produce 100% recycled plastic lumber and oil

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our products have unique characteristics and qualities which will give us undoubted success as we are converting waste into valuable affordable products serving as an alternative to the traditional alternatives. Our innovative recycled plastic lumber has advantages over traditional alternatives as it is: Stronger and more durable, Less flammable, UV and Insect resistant, Maintenance free, Impervious to water, Consistent quality (No knots, splits or shakes), Eco – Friendly, Uniform Shape, 100% Recycled, 100% Recyclable and each ton of plastic used will save 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Hence we are going to receive a lot of support from our potential consumers. Pyrolysis oil has a fuel value that is generally 50-70% that of petroleum based fuels and can be used as boiler fuel or upgraded to renewable transportation fuels. The oil fits well for burning requirements without needing refining or processing. We believe it will create success because not only is this a profitable business but also helpful for improving environments and eradicate plastic pollution

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our major advantage is that we are the first movers hence we have no direct competitors in this space. As pioneers of such products in the Southern African Region, it further opens our potential to expand and be implemented at any scale in any part of the world as long as there is plastic waste there. The other advantage is the dedication and commitment the youthful team possesses to see this project come to reality as we are taking initiative to start a green revolution with a difference. To make this idea successful the team intends to follow a carefully thought out execution plan which is dynamic but well managed. Taking a systematic approach our first port of call is to get the idea off the ground. Once established we will be able to implement our idea, vision, objectives and mission statements, applying them towards making this opportunity an astounding success