Pratvadee (Bonnie) Sananvatananont is introducing a plastic cutlery opt-out system to Thailand’s popular food delivery service foodpanda. If only 10% of orders opt out, that would mean the service removes 276,000 sets of plastic cutlery in a year.
Pamela Nicole Mejia’s company Phinix is a textile upcycling startup that collects textile wastes and transforms them into higher valued products such as footwear, fashion accessories and lifestyle pieces, in lieu of leaving them to be discarded in landfills. Not only that, she also hires people with disabilities for a truly inclusive business model.
Young entrepreneur is charging electric vehicles with solar power
Electric Vehicles are only as sustainable as their energy source. Lathika Chandra Mouli is working to facilitate transactions between building owners with solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations and drivers. As the price of electricity in most Asia-Pacific countries is cheaper than the cost of fuel, such a solution can help encourage electric vehicle adoption and simultaneously incentivize homeowners to install solar panels.
The Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge From plastic waste to climate change, the 4 billion people in Asia and the Pacific confront environmental challenges on a daily basis. Our consumption patterns are driving these challenges. Entrepreneurs from across the region are helping consumers be a part of the solution through their innovative business ideas.