It took me a long time, but here I have a first proposal of OSCE challenges to bridge our current extraction to waste economy to a proper circular/regenerative economy.
Since every sector is related to every other sector, I couldn't come up with only three global challenges, but have tried to identify three challenges for different sectors.
I looked for the biggest causes for pollution and have decided from it that these should be the problems we tackle first.
So here are the challenges for different sectors that I believe would have a great impact:
-Affordable and inclusive mobility alternatives using no fossil fuels and using little public space
-Scalable solutions to fuel renewable vehicles
-Alternative non-toxic replacements to oil, paint, engine lubricants and other chemicals from cars
-Most efficient energy solutions to stocking, generating and transporting energy made from upcyclable materials
-Create modular electronics that allow for the upcycling of rare metals
-House made of renewable and non-extractive materials
-Furniture made without toxic chemicals and excess of spent solvents, paint and ignitable wastes
-Tools to build with bio-sourced materials
-Cost-effective bio-degrabable non-toxic dyes
-Yarns to make durable clothing (tights that don't have runs, durable pants and so on...)
-Effective and scalable techniques to recover oil and plastic waste from the ocean
-Non-toxic alternative packagings (like Ecovative's mushroom packaging, but made Open Source)
-Alternatives to toxic inks
Guidelines that the solutions should follow:
- Being durable and energy efficient
- Being harmless to humans and to the environment (the products should be composed of healthy and non-toxic materials)
- Being at least as practical to current solutions
- Being cost-effective
- Being reusable, repairable and recyclable/cradle to cradle
- Being Modular (when possible)
This is just a first draft, I hope we can build from this and get inspiration for other challenges.
Do you know if there are already solutions to certain of these challenges? Can you think of more targeted challenges or challenges that could have more impact?
@sharmarval, @Lars2i, @Silvia, @Gien