Our team is extremely passionate about the personal choices people make that can help address climate change. Often, we feel extremely helpless when faced with the issue of environmental sustainability but since agriculture is attributed to 24% of greenhouse gas emissions, the food choices we make can have a big impact on the environment. For example, switching from beef to chicken to salmon to veggies to lentils in a meal can drastically reduce the carbon footprint of your diet. Sustainable food alternatives is a key action that can be taken to positively impact the planet and Planty was made in order to help individuals make better food decisions when looking at recipes online.
What it does
Planty is a chrome extension that is easy to access and intuitive to use while still giving enough functionality to the user for its purpose to be achieved. Users can open the chrome extension while browsing different recipes. Planty will then identify and display all the food items which produce high carbon emissions, suggest alternatives and calculate the total carbon impact of the recipe with any alternative foods that are selected. This helps users become more environmentally conscious of their carbon footprint and provides resources to help them lower it.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Our team was very proud of our work, not only for what it stands for : protecting our environment and tackling issues of sustainability, but also for its high functionality. In these 48 hours, every member of our team learned new tools and soundly grasped concepts such as web scraping, database structures, and UI design. The moment that we were able to go from being unable to even understand documentation to seeing the finished product was a magical moment to us as we saw the fruits of our effort materialize before our eyes.
What we learned
The growth during this project was phenomenal. From brainstorming and the initial design process on Figma, to creating a dynamic Google Chrome extension, each member was stretched in numerous ways. Each member was able to further their skills in HTML and CSS as we learned how to create more dynamic web pages. Additionally, our team expanded our skills with the firebase realtime database. We also learned a plethora of new skills including implementing web scrapers, utilizing browserify and other web services to bundle modules, and developing event listeners for our Chrome extension. Moving away from technical skills, we also gained many soft skills. We were able to increase our teamwork abilities and also our time management skills as our team utilized effective and clear communication to work together to ultimately reach our goal of creating our first-ever Chrome extension. Overall, we all gained numerous new skills to add to our toolkit.
What's next for Planty
All our team members have a deep interest in the problem of food sustainability and personal action that can contribute to tackling climate change. We are interested in developing Planty to be posted on the chrome store to help more people reassess the impact of their diet choices on environmental sustainability.