EcoMundos - Sustainable Worlds and Projects

EcoMundos - Sustainable Worlds and Projects: Conscious Eating, Community Development and Ecological Action

Córdoba, ArgentinaCórdoba, Argentina
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

EcoMundos is a web-based network/hub to exchange, sell and buy healthy locally grown and handmade products with an eco-friendly package. Aditionally, users will be able to share sustainable and healthy eating habits while crowdfunding and co-creating community-based environmental projects

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we could co-create an eco-friendly marketplace where we can collaboratively end hunger, learn, buy, sell and co-create sustainable eating and living
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

At EcoMundos we believe humanity's problems are systemic, dynamic and interrelated. We believe that in order to taclke them effectively, we must use technology in an innovative way setting platforms so people can participate actively and collaboratively to generate solutions that have a multidimesional impact. At EcoMundos we will try address 4 of the 2015 global goals for sustainable development. Poverty, Hunger, Health, and Climate Goals

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

We propose to rebuild social networks, collaboration and innovation using technologies to address global problems and finally we propose to transform ourselves personally and collectively to be more ecologically conscious. EcoMundos tries to address hunger and malnutrition problems, sustainable economic growth, and be ecologically conscious of how we impact the environment implementing the solution. We will do this by creating a digital marketplace to sell, exchange and buy ecofriendly products, as well as to build collaborately projects to satisfy collective problems related to information and education about sustainable ways of living and well-being. Finally, it will have a space to promote ecological projects developed at schools
Impact: How does it Work

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

Local farmers will be able to have a global market to their natural and handmade healthy products. At the same time, EcoMundos will provide eco-friendly packaging solutions to their products in collaboration with recycling start-ups. Users will be able to reuse their empty bottles or jars by cashing them into credit for their purchase. When products cannot be sold in glass or plastic reusable containers, the packaging will have another use: paper will come with a foldable design to make art pieces (e.g. origami) and toys. Consumers will also share their recipes and info about healthy eating habits. Users will also be able to collaborate and co-create healthy living actions/initiatives. Purchases already donate to ecological school projects.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

EcoMundos will have an impact three levels. At a personal development level, by promoting healthy eating habits and consciousness. Projects will include workshops and webinars on the impacts our consuming habits have on the planet. Along with those actions, there are community/social development initiatives that will be provided with communication and other tools make the projects sustainable (orchards that can be managed by students and other volunteers). Part of the surplus of the distribution of healthy products can be destinated to foodbanks and other social lunchrooms. FInally, it will have an enourmous impact as it will reduce the environmental footprint by consuming efficiently distributing products and developing eco-friendly packaging and consumption. All of these will be accompanied by educational digital material to use at schools on sustainable development.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

3 million children die of unnecessary malnutrition. It is not because we do not have the amount of food necessary to prevent that problem but a distribution, culture and information problem. At the same time, local small and cooperative farmers do not have the economic nor educational muscle to compete with the food industries which increase poverty and lack motivation for the ir children to continue farming. EcoMundos will tackle these problems by building strong community-farming-schools collaborative relationships to eat better, grow as communities and have a positive ecological impact.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

It will grow accordingly to the consumption of the products. However, we believe it is project that by ensuring healthy and eco-friendly eating habits it can gain support rapidly from local governments. We believe in our potential to be an "ebay-facebook-kickstarter" for local farmers, eco-entrepreneurs, and people who want to buy and support this sustainability project. Eating better, building community and promote ecological projects.

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

There are startups that are developing new markets so that people can take their containers to lower our environmental footprint. Moreover, there are companies like WholeFoods that promotes healthy and organic eating habits from a well-being perspective. However, what EcoMundos proposes is to develop relationships that trascend the usual economic transactions appealing to our collaborative genes to be able to address the sustainability problems of malnutrition, hunger, local economies and farming, and environmental footprint.All of it will be promoting collaborative education and communication
Team

Founding Story

I have been working on a dream of founding a project to address hunger, education, poverty and other social issues in different parts of the world. While working at the foundation I do now, I enrolled in an Edx.org course called U.Lab: Transforming Business, society and self. In that Journey, I was able to connect with my deeper self, and be able to notice that my passion for healthy eating and well-being, could be related to my other big passion: healping people to develop themselves spiritually, socially and economically. Finally I took the leap of presenting a protoype and bam! there were people who liked and told me of similar prototypes. I realized then that I this project is a raw gem.

Team

Our team is composed with an industrial designer and innovation specialist who works developing and selling new customer experiences and management digital services. He is in charge of the packaging design and development, building the platforms to ensure user collaborative processes to develop and help prototype new projects and relationships among users and producers. We have a communications coordinator who develops content, graphic desing, and educational content to ensure users and local schools and farmers understand the sustainability concept and its importance. We have a education and collaboration specialist who works directly with people using cutting edge participatory and sustainable methodolgist to develop collaborative projects. (e.g. Dragon Dreaming). At the same time, he will work directly with specialist to give workshops and webinars about subjects that go from personal development and leadership to eco-friendly living. We have an administrative coordinator to be in charge of the economic and financial matters of the company. All the numbers and collaboration to local farmers and producers to help them enhance their development into more conscious eco-friendly producers and consumers. We also have a Yoga and Nutrition profesional who coordinates and helps build the content and workshops on self-discovery and development. Finally, I will be the CEO coordinating and setting the vision to our expansion and growth. I will also be in charge of some of the logistics to help efficiently deliver the products, workshops, etc.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Linkedin

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder and CEO

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Aldea Yanapay in Cuzco Perú is an Eco-Village that promotes alternative education for children who do not have support or motivation to continue their primary and secondary schools. Coordinated one of the projects and helped build the global village project. Currently, developing a sustainable mentorship program for businessmen who engage in a principal´s training program.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Family, and mentors