Have you ever thought about being strategic with your trash? When an item, such as a plastic water bottle, t-shirt, or soda can has been used, it is typically disposed of in a general trash or recycling bin without second thought. In fact, of the 26 million tons of waste (composed of plastics, metals, textiles, and papers) generated yearly in the UK, 12 million tons are recycled, while 14 million tons are sent to the landfill - giving an average recycling rate of 45%. Although this number is significantly higher than it was a few years ago, the life of certain non-biodegradable items is rather linear.

We wanted to develop a company to make the lifespan of common disposed items more meaningful, and to improve the circularity of these items.

What it does

The Good Goods Co. aims to: A) Increase the lifespan of existing metal, plastic, textiles, or paper and design new products with resource efficiency and recyclability in mind B) Show customers how to use technology and existing resources to meet principles of social purpose and sustainability C) Encourage circular principles and provide incentive for being more conscious with consumption and disposal

How we built it

Our website was built using HTML with CSS styling and Python elements, to create a minimalistic and aesthetically pleasing UI.

Challenges we ran into

There were various challenges we faced while trying to develop this website. Our biggest problems were trying to set up a database and routing and linking each page to one another. Our API choice was another challenge, because there were so many options, and we wanted to ensure that our final product was the most practical and reliable model we could put out given the time limit.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

For many of us, this was our first Hackathon and first time utilizing certain programming languages. Through collaboration, cooperation, and contribution from all 5 members of the team, we were able to successfully develop an MVP, write code, learn a great deal of valuable skills, and make meaningful connections with each other over the course of the weekend.

What we learned

It’s really challenging to create a functioning website. There was a significant learning curve, and we tested out over 5 ideas before implementing our current model using HTML. We got to know more about handling databases, styling, critical thinking, logic, and overall web development. It was a fantastic learning experience!

What's next for The Good Goods Co.

Ultimately, the aim is to create a community/platform where: A) We can partner with local businesses who commonly use materials such as wood, cloth, metal, and plastic in the production of their products, so individuals can send items directly to them in exchange for discount codes on products. B) Restaurants, pubs, or businesses that produce an excess of waste (ie. metal caps from bottles) can connect with us, or local businesses to send in these items to use in production of products.

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