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Our Challenge aims to encourage innovative alternatives to single-use and problem plastics, with the ultimate intention to shift human behaviour to be more mindful of environmentally sustainable alternatives.
We are seeking entries from new or early-stage products, technology and/or services which encourage the reduction or elimination of plastic usage.
Challenge (also known as Challenge Prize): A means of encouraging innovation by offering a reward to entrants who effectively address a defined issue or problem. Used as an incentive or ‘inducement’ to meet a specific challenge.
Plastic waste: Any kind of plastic residual that has been discarded or is intended to or required to be discarded.
Prototype: A first sample or early model of a product built to test a concept or process or function. A prototype aims to act as a demonstrator to be replicated or learned from.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): Generally, an enterprise with fewer than 250 employees.
Scaling: Setting the stage to enable and support growth. It means having the ability to grow. It requires planning, some funding, and the right systems, staff, processes, technology, and partners.
For-profit: A business established, maintained, or conducted on the assumption that profits made will sustain the ongoing activities of the business.
Circularity: The economic principle of sharing, repairing, refurbishing, recycling, remanufacturing, and/or reusing as much as possible to minimise waste and the extraction & creation of virgin materials; or designing in such a way as to eliminate waste from the product or service. A circular economy (compared to the conventional linear economy) means that society keeps resources in use for as long as possible, extracts the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recovers and regenerates products and materials at the end of each service life.
If you are based in South Africa, and have developed an innovative business solution to problem plastics that meets the definition of circularity, such as:
All entries to the Plastics Innovation and Circularity Challenge needs to be submitted by Friday, 2 February 2024 using the online application form.
Before submitting your entry, please ensure that:
We are aiming to make sure that the application process is as efficient and practical as possible, ensuring ease of access for businesses, in particular smaller companies. If you have any challenges with the submission process, please email Rozitta at [email protected]