Future of Waste is one of the major challenges faced by our society. Regarding only Food Waste, we can easily estimate that 1/3 of the global food produced is wasted throughout the process of production to consumption. If we take a closer look at electronic waste, we immediately see that many gears we’re sending to garbage are often easily fixable. Today, more than 40 millions electronic waste devices aren’t reused or properly treated, and that comes with a huge environmental toll.
Ever heard the name “Ecological rucksacks” of a product? This quantifies the level of non-renewable raw material that was necessary to build this product. In those terms, a smartphone weight easily reaches 35kilos. But when it comes to production and elimination of process costs, things stay quite opaque. This is precisely why we need to pay a closer look to the underlying details.
However, many solutions already exist to prevent, reuse and revalue waste through different processes. For instance:
- Les confitures Rebelles and Fwee, are turning wasted fruits into jam or fruit candies.
- Wear a Story, Tale Me, Upcycly, Mods and Backmarket are reusing, through shared consumption and repair, materials ranging from furniture and phones to textile.
- Gobi, Unpackaged coalition, Jean Bouteille and Nu are finding innovative alternatives to disposable plastic with bottling, local supermarket and packaging.
But those projects need support with the measurement of their impact. This is why, 2 years ago, MakeSense launched the Future of Waste track program to help entrepreneurs find solutions. Through conferences (as presented in the first video), people gather around those projects and help them to measure and enlighten their impact.
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