Inspiration

"Zero Waste" Movements and efforts by industry to be more Sustainable. Bill Gates warnings about Climate Change. (He was right about the Pandemic.)

Tech inspiration is Honey App which is a price focus recommendation browser extension.

What it does

As consumer browse amazon.com, they app gives the recommendations on products that are less sustainable and have a sustainable swap.

How I built it

Vanilla Javascript and a JSON file. Canva for the icon.

Challenges I ran into

Parsing the JSON file. Fighting with the 20+ css files on amazon.com. (On a postive note, they have an easter egg in their code. A bunny that meows.)

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I really like this idea for an app. I am glad I did it. It really aligns with my values. Also, I like have been bugging my friends to get more sustainable option. I feel this extension is more of a gentle encouragement rather than a straight forward topic of conversation my friends are tired of hearing.

Even though it's simple, I think these ideas have a lot potential impact in reducing plastic. This gives more power and agency to people. Also, using single use plastic or consumer plastic. Only 6% of plastic in the US gets recycles. Plastic is not the best option. Recycling is a bit of a myth and how this myth became the norm is explain by Dateline, NPR, and John Oliver.

What I learned

How to use JavaScript by parsing a JSON file. I never used this file type. Also, my first extension. The documentation was straight forward.

What's next for EcoSwap

Oh if I had the time and money, I would make is open source and add a bunch of feature. The demo is simple but the idea is there. An good idea inspired by other group ideas. I really wish this kind of app or others like it could reach people. I want to see that change.

If I had to monetize it make maybe like those sponsor links. Follow Ecosia's model and donate profits to charity or put resources towards protecting the planet.

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