"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
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
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.