18% of people do not know what materials can be recycled and 52% don’t recycle. That might seem like a miniscule amount but the impact it has is huge. There’s more than 2.6 trillion tons of trash produced annually in the world. I was inspired to create SustainabiliTree as a way to help people realize how much they impact our Earth by including features like the Carbon Calculator and Identifying game.
What it does
SustainabiliTree has two programs right now to help people improve their habits in favor of our Earth. The first program, the Carbon Calculator is used to help people understand how much their carbon footprint is and what causes it to be so high/low. This can help people realize what habits they can change in order to have a lower footprint. The second program is the identify game which helps people learn what items can be recycled and which can't as many people don't recycle since they don't know what can be. Ignorance and lack of knowledge is the root cause so SustainabiliTree aims to solve it.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
A major challenge was the time crunch I was in to complete the project. I had hoped to create another feature that would've assisted SustainabiliTree's goal. It was challenging to complete the website within two days but I tried my hardest to complete them as best as possible.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
I learned how to be time efficient and plan mockups before hand as it makes it way easier to develop. This was a new strategy/skill I gained and implemented during this hackathon.
What's next for SustainabiliTree
In the future, SustainabiliTree hopes to include an AI-powered camera app that woud identify if an item can be recycled or not for those who require further assistance. I think this would greatly help with some common misconceptions and guide users to understand recycling in a better way.