EcoPavement

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EcoPavement

Iasi, RomaniaIasi, Romania
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

ECOpavement is here to increase the rate of recycling plastic by having an intensive construction material used for paving made from plastics.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There is more than one problem I want to solve: First of all Plastic bottles represents alone 50 % of the recycle waste in the dumps, not mentioning other type of plastics. It takes around 700 years to recycle this, therefore 1 000 000 sea creatures killed per year because of plastic dumped in sea. Second of all, the plastics that are recycled are an average of 10 % of total plastic available in one year. Third of all, infrastructure building has a very high carbon footprint because of the inefficient logistics and reduced lifetime of some materials. Traditional concrete bricks are so heavy that requires a lot of energy to produce and move the products.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Use plastics in construction materials. The first step is the pavement brick. What we have designed and testing now is a successful solution that can significantly reduce to Carbon footprint worldwide very fast right now. - 100 % of the product is made from recycled materials - Has the same resistance as traditional concrete pavement - Weights 3 times less than concrete pavement
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Using this kind of brick brought a lot of new features we didn’t really expected when we first sketched the idea: - it uses any plastic that can be recycled. The PET is around 50 % rate, but the other plastics are all around 8-9 % rate of recycling. - in our prototype we use other industrial waste which is very hard to recycle. Third of all It comes for in a market where the highest demand is for brick pavement. - the density is aprox 3 times less than normal concrete brick, which reduces at least 3 times the traffic needed to deliver to clients - this is also come in handy in bringing new design that allows further reduction in CO2 and labor costs for the final client because it take 70 % less resources to install (time and energy). Basically the whole solution may come a minimum 50 % less than any other traditional system, but has a lifetime durability. - Also, the design eliminate the weeds that usually grow between traditional cement bricks. - The manufacturing process is not so elaborate, so a new factory can be built in record time anywhere in the world close to a plastic recycling center. We intend to produce also our own recycling unit to our specific needs to be able to cut further more the cost of the product and reasearch new products. - I’ve seen constructions stores that have Carbon footprint bar for each of their pavement bricks. This means the market has already did the first steps towards green products, so I think now is the right time to step in.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

So far I haven't seen a similar product as ours on the market. Even there were to be, we would still have a competitive advantage because of the recipe and design. Basically the installation cost on traditional pavement is between 2 and 4 times higher than the product itself in US and Western Europe. Bringing a reduction of 50 to 70 % here gives the product the best ratio money/quality among competition, while keeping a good profit rate for expansion. One important challenge would be the short time the competitors start to bring their own recycled materials. This situation requires careful planning and evaluation. I consider collaborating with bigger player with experience and important visibility in the market toward implementing this new product.
Team

Founding Story

We had a prototype actually 4-5 years ago. It was just a curiosity to see what happens if we "bake" some waste we found around the company my father was working. There was a pizza plate we mixed the ingredients and finally we got something hard and so sticky we could get out of the pizza plate. But we gave it hammers and it resisted. Then, the recycling was not such an issues or at least I didn't payed attention to it. THen at the end of this summer, I was thinking that from all the ideas I have that is the one with the biggest impact and now is the right moment to bring it to life. Of course meanwhile we lost the prototype and forgot the recipe. So it took quite a while and a lot of test to get it again right. Not to mention that we didn't have the same materials as were on the first prototype. Now, looking on figures and the current situation in the world I think we are at the right moment at the right time. This should work.
About You
Organization:
Inotech
About You
First Name

Stefan

Last Name

Sava

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Inotech

Organization Country

, IS, Iasi

Country where this solution is creating social impact

, IS, Iasi

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan, Northern British Columbia, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Kootenay Rockies, Columbia Basin.

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost, Quality.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

With this product I want to demonstrate a viable way of substantially increasing the rate of plastics recycled worldwide. This way, together with other companies that will follow we can dramatically create an important change in how plastics are recycled.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Still in the prototype phase.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

-Increase the rate of plastics recycled with 10 %
-Having the product available in Canada,Europe and US
-Developing new products in pavement but also in other construction related domains.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

There might be a lack of professional expertise and bad strategy along the way. I plan to take an experienced investor in this field that can offer us some support, also covering any shortage in money flow.
Also, concerning money flow I already applied to governmental founds to be able to raise money. In our country there are still unutilized founds on environment. With a capable team we can get a steady flow coming on from this way.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Prepare for production

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Settling out for the final recipe and design

Task 2

Do legal tests and certifications

Task 3

Prepare the facility

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Start selling the first bricks

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Making first sales

Task 2

Improve production process efficiency

Task 3

Increase orders

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

As I previously mentioned we have the support of the local company to use their factory. This is the place my father developed products and produced since 15 years ago. Additionally, saves a lot of time on legal paperwork because the place already works according to standards.
Finding the right investor is tricky because I like to work with people I feel comfortable and I like. So I think in 3 to 6 month we could find the right persons.
We want to have our own collecting and recycling plastic unit adapted to our need, so we are considering collaborating with other NGO toward this goal.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

We want to go in all the channels where traditional concrete bricks are present, so people can rapidly be aware of the alternative green solution at the same or even lower costs.
Also, there are more channels available because we can involve NGO’s and local government .

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

I think at this stage and further on I would like to give a lot of room to innovation and keeping the stream of innovation steady. This gives so much satisfaction and joy to work even when the times are hard.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We would like very much a mentor that knows the market very wheel and have acces to right connections.

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