[The world is more and more concerned about the sustainability of our wonderful world, and that is great! Four years ago, the United Nations came with an initiative, named The Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is a set of seventeen aspirational “Global Goals”. Not only the United Nations are actively contributing to these SDG’s, all around the world organizations pop up that are feeling committed with these goals. There are five start-ups in particular which stand out by their actions and therefore earn some extra attention.
The first one is Landit – A technology platform and service that helps women proceed and pivot along their career paths by providing expert coaches and other sources of advice, as well as access to various tools and other resources. Landit helps women create a “personal professional playbook,” and aims to “increase the success and engagement of women in the workplace, and to enable enterprises to attract, develop, and retain high-potential diverse talent.”
No Food Wasted
The second one is No Food Wasted – An application named ‘Afgeprijsd’ (‘Discounted’), where customers can see in one glance which products in the neighbourhood are for sale because they are going to encounter their expiration date. Nowadays, large amounts of all supermarket products are disposed because of their expiration date. By using this app, it’s not only easy for customers to contribute to the environment by wasting less food, but it’s also cheaper for them. One plus one is two, right?!
Thirdly, there is the company of two powerful women who came up with the slogan ‘Chemicals are not for pussies’, together with their start-up called Yoni. Yet, the regular tampons and sanitary pads are made of synthetic materials and contain super absorbent chemicals, bleach and pesticides. Research shows that 60% of the women coping with vaginal infections remain asymptomatic after they started using cotton products. Therefore, the owners of the Yoni Brand started developing alternative products containing eco cotton, of course leaving out all the chemicals. You go girls!
Kids dream big, no matter where they come from. Unfortunately, where they come from makes a big difference whether or not they can realize those dreams. 250 million children all around the world cannot read, write or does basic arithmetic. Many live in developing countries, without regular access to schools and teachers. The normal model of education is no longer sustainable to meet the need. But what if technology could help? 42Education.com is developing tablet-based software solutions. Increasing access to mobile phones, internet access and affordable IT hardware should be able to provide technology-based education to children across the developing nations. They believe that education should be a human right and we should aim to give every child the chance at a high quality education.
The owners of Dick Moby decided that there was need for some action because they were highly irritated by all the plastic waste in the Dutch seas. They gave this pollution a positive spin by deciding to develop new ways to use plastic as a recyclable resource. They designed fashionable and sustainable sunglasses and produced the products, making sure the sunglasses are made from bio-plastic acetate and contain quality lenses. In order to sweep seas and oceans clean, Dick Moby donates 10% of their revenue to the project of the Surfers Foundation. Their slogan is “Quality is key, sustainability is king”, and we couldn’t agree more!
This post was written by AIESEC in the Netherlands. We offer international voluntary projects and professional internships with the aim of developing leadership in youth.