Inspiration

E-commerce generates far more CO2 emissions than trips to the store due to air and freight travel. Ordering products online requires additional packaging, usually including non-recyclable materials It’s estimated 75,000 retail stores will close by 2026, mostly due to online shopping We aim to reduce carbon emissions and packaging waste by helping people find their products in nearby stores

What it does

When shopping online at your usually websites (Amazon, Walmart, etc), our chrome extension will pup up with all options to purchase the same product locally. These listings are sorted based on proximity to make it more convenient for the user as well as to minimize the carbon footprint associated with pickup. Users will receive 'eco points' for shopping locally and promoting sustainability which can be redeemed for discounts at the same local stores you like to shop at!

How I built it

We used Google's chrome extension API/framework for our development. A Javascript backend will web-scrape the URL of the page you are on to determine if you are viewing a product, and if so, which one. It will then search our internal tables for a match and display our local alternatives dynamically within the extension interface.

Challenges I ran into

Determining how to figure out what product was being viewed was quite difficult and required creative thinking with our URL matching technique. We were all using tools and a framework that none of us had used before!

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We are all really proud of our mission statement. It makes us extra happy to say we achieved a working prototype.

What I learned

How Chrome extensions work, and high level knowledge about how much overhead comes with shipping packages.

What's next for Leoco

We all love this idea and would be interested in continuing it in the future. We want to find ways to make it easy for local businesses to pair their internal inventory databases with Leoco.

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