Inspiration

All of us care about our environment and our carbon footprint; we all share the desire to leave our planet a bit better than the generations before us. However, we realise that we live in a world full of consumerism, unnecessary packaging and preventable waste. Nowadays, people are producing more plastic than ever before, which subsequently leads to more plastic waste than ever before. We wanted our idea to tackle this issue, but we didn’t simply want to go the way of just go zero waste, it’s so easy! because let’s face it, it is a challenge, especially taking into account the current situation in the world, when because of the pandemic, when many of us had to rely on grocery and food deliveries, which often came with so much unnecessary plastic packaging. How nice would it be if we didn’t have to feel guilty about how fast our trash bag fills out just because we want to enjoy some takeout? It was there where the idea of GREEN Delivery was born - a delivery service that would swap out single-use plastic for reusable containers, making each take-out greener.

What it does

GREEN Delivery is an eco-conscious food delivery company with a goal to eliminate the usage of single-use plastic containers by switching reusable ones. Users will receive their orders in durable boxes and cups, all equipped with leak-proof lids. After finishing the food, the containers just need to be washed and stored until the user makes their next order, at which point the delivery driver will collect them and drop them off at a restaurant, where they are going to be washed once more, ensuring they are clean and ready to be filled with a delivery for the next customer. GREEN Delivery works on a subscription model, which grants the user access to the service, providing them with returnable reusable containers as well as free delivery. And as a bonus point, all of GREEN Delivery’s drivers use eco-friendly vehicles when delivering the orders, such as electric cars, electric scooters or bicycles.

How we built it

After coming up with the idea for our project and a list of features and functionalities that were must-haves, we started by creating some initial designs, including things such as agreeing on colour palette and the general aesthetic. Using React Native to write our code proved to be a very good decision, as we were able to create a look that was almost identical to our designs as well as easily implement the logic behind the app. Throughout the entire process, we kept discussing our designs and plans, adjusting them until we came up with the best solution.

Challenges we ran into

The lack of idea and market product-fit validation was certainly something we needed to deal with, as (now, with the benefit of hindsight), some of our earliest product ideas were too small, too general or without any real-world prospect. Coming up with a creative technical innovation that would also have commercial potential in a span of two days is definitely a challenge - and building it even more so. We expected we would start coding not too long after the beginning of the hackathon, however, our planning stage took a lot longer and we definitely felt the clock ticking the entire weekend. The short time constraint was definitely a challenge, but we are really proud of the product we produced.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

There are many things about this project we are proud of - be it its design, which we put a lot of thought and work into or be it the huge amount of work we poured into it over this weekend. But probably the thing that we pride the most is our idea - we really see the potential of it. We successfully identified a problem that needed solving and we figured out a pretty neat solution for it.

What we learned

Apart from the interesting and educational talks that have been on daily for the past week, we also learned a lot about our work ethic, our resilience and creativity. We are definitely a lot wiser than we were 48 hours ago, not only in software development and product design but also in issues concerning the environment, plastic waste and circular economy.

What's next for GREEN Delivery

We definitely want to explore the idea behind GREEN Delivery further. We are well aware it is not perfect and that we hadn’t thought of every little detail and problem that might arise, but those things take time. Testing and getting more opinions could help with that - talking to our friends and family about the idea and seeing their thoughts and reactions would definitely help us tweak our idea and improve our execution. Moreover, we would also like to build a proper business model and business strategy, validate the idea for the market and explore a possibility of a start-up opportunity.

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