PastPort

PastPort

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Team name / Company name: Cyrkus
Team leader: Barbora Obračajová
Challenge: no. 6: Material Passports for Circular economy
Problem: As mankind, we got to the point where we are slowly depleting all natural resources and only a small percentage of them we are capable (or willing) to recycle, reuse or return back to nature. Plenty of old material, things or obsolete devices end up in the landfills as it is too difficult for companies or recyclers to properly dismantle them for further use. As a result, the soil and air pollution is increasing as well as the volume of waste itself.
Solution: We provide a solution to describe materials in a standardised way by combining: Mandatory properties like: material composition, physical features and care for material needs (or possible dangers). And crowd-sourced properties that are standardised as people start using them. (e.g. load weight of pallets). Every passport tracks history and composition. A pallet consists of nails and planks. Planks have their own passport which tracks the type of wood. So we know material info of the pallet.
Impact: Impact of material passport network can be greater than it might seem. Within one document, even within one QR code, it is possible to look into the whole history of a product whether it is an iron pipe or piece of furniture. When a company purchases something from another, in this case it gets a passport with it and immediately knows how to handle such material. Is the substance dangerous or is it easily degradable? The Pastport will tell you!
Feasibility: The solution is feasible because it is decentralised, cost-effective, and infrastructure-light. We opted for an approach that is easy to set up and roll out. Additionally, the system incentivises its participants to fill the passports diligently through a system of traffic-lights. Diligently filled passport means a better grade. This encourages all actors to duly participate. While the initial solution is free of charge, there are many other monetizable services (e.g. passport administration).
What you built: Our solution is a meta-concept consisting of a visual mock-up of the passport, its structure, initial design of the app, but most importantly design of the whole infrastructure. We designed a way of spreading our product in a self-incentivising, low-cost manner.. Plus we believe our solution is user-friendly thanks to the machine learning system involved.
What you had before: Before the hackathon, not only did we have nothing prepared, we didn't even know each other. So we really came up with the whole concept of material passports here during the hackathon.
What comes next: Material passports are just the first part of a possibly scalable idea. Second part represents a lifecycle record which consists of data about origin of material, transportation, packaging etc., so you are able to look up complete information about a certain product. As another further extension we see a second data analysis based on data in the passports and lifecycle records interpreting primarily environmental impact - such as carbon footprint or amount of water used in the production.