An average consumer throws away 70 pounds (31.75 kilograms) of clothing per year. Globally we produce 13 million tons of textile waste each year, of which 95% could be reused or recycled.
What it does
Our App "Re-cyClothes" will allow users to find a nearby drop off hub to turn unwanted clothes into a blanket which they can choose to donate to those in need or keep. This will result in Re-cycle, Re-use, lesser waste,involve local organisations to get involved in their contribution towards Circular economy.
How we built it
The chatbot was built using two platforms - Chatfuel and Flowxo. The Google API key was used for retrieving the location of the user and finding the nearest drop-off points. Facebook Messenger was the platform where we tested our chatbot. Since our facebook page was linked to this.
Challenges we ran into
Our team came up with a lot of wonderful ideas but due to lack of time we had to limit our discussions. Technical challenges include failures in AWS, google APIs, no response from chatbot, upper limit on the API calls, developer tool installation failures. We tried using AWS,Cisco Webex and APIs using Python to start with unfortunately we ran into several problems and function we created didnt work. We did get Cisco support too. Finally we tried using a Flowxo and Chatfuel and able to demonstrate this as you can see from the video. We were unable to retrieve the latitude and longitude of the location from Google API. Our team members are spread across Asia, UK and US therefore had to plan to find a suitable time for all.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Building a chatbot and to use APIs to implement functions in a shorter time frame and mobile app flow.
What we learned
AWS, Webex,Building a chatbot, Using APIs. Learned a lot about Circular economy and how our ways of life can help make the world a better place to live.
What's next for Re-cyClothes
We want this idea promoted and implemented as we strongly believe that there is a need for everyone to recycle the clothes in the current situation. Also having third party organisations to collect and recycle the clothes such as to reuse them, will help the third party organisations also to get involved in contributing to a circular economy. As a future plan this idea can be extended to other goods as well resulting in further reuse and lesser waste.