Pocket Garbage Bin

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According to Chemistry About.com, chewing gum was originally made from tree sap called chicle, a natural rubber, and sometimes various waxes. But After World War II, chemists learned to make synthetic rubber, which came to replace most natural rubber in chewing gum (e.g., polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate). polyvinyl acetate (a type of plastic) is manufactured using vinyl acetate, a chemical shown to cause tumors in lab rats. In fact, in 2008 the Canadian government was so concerned about vinyl acetate used in the production of chewing gum that they added it to a list of substances to be considered toxic. However, according to the article, government regulators were forced to back down due to industry pressure. Where does (plastic) chewing gum go after it’s ABC (already been chewed)? Is it flushed down toilets? Washed down storm drains? just one more source of non-biodegradable plastic in our oceans? The answer to this question is not pleasant to hear. Most small wastes like this one are hard to collect, so they are un-dealt with. This will harm the environment big time because these unmanaged used chewing gums easily convert to microplastics especially when they end up in the oceans. 80–90% of chewing gum is not disposed of properly and it's the second most common form of litter after cigarette butts in the world.

The filters on cigarettes – four-fifths of all cigarettes have them – are made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that is very slow to degrade in the environment. A typical cigarette butt can take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years to decompose, depending on conditions. Thus, when smokers discard their butts improperly – out car windows or off the end of a pier or onto the sidewalk – they are essentially tossing these substances into the environment. While individual discarded cigarette butts may be small, they add up to a huge problem. Some 5.5 trillion cigarettes are consumed worldwide each year. So, one can imagine the harm it does when all of them end up in our environment because the collection of a cigarette butt is difficult.

This project solves all these problems. A pocket garbage bin that is used to store small personal wastes like chewing gum, cigarette butt and so on that can be carried at all time. Meaning, a person who has a habit of chewing gum, smoke cigarette and many other habits can store his waste in his safe pocket and dump it in supermarkets or mall or any other place that is placed a special garbage bins that are designed to store only small wastes like cigarette butt, chewing gums and so on. This also helps, chewing gum manufacturers to use the collected wastes to use it for other different uses. When peoples make habit of using this product it will contribute to the safety of our world big time. For more information please visit https://conservationx.com/project/id/319/pocketgarbagebin or https://www.herox.com/plastika-reparabilis/round/346/entry/21531

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  • Name:
    Anteneh Gashaw
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    I have dedicated my life for invention and research because not only I have big dreams but also it is my only way out of poverty. We all have a talent we know or did not find out yet. Mine happens to be inventing. I discovered this talent of mine when I was in second year student during my university life. Starting from that point everything seemed not important except creating new ideas. So, until now I have invented more than 50 inventions which are new to the world and the rest are intended for Ethiopia that will change the life of many people including mine. But because of poverty, theft and many reasons I could not manage to make it. But all that matter is I will never give up. I will invent until and after I become successful. That makes me a strong entrepreneur. My skills are aided with a mechanical engineering degree on design, production and sales expertise. You can find some of my inventions via https://www.herox.com/crowdsourcing-community/antenehgashaw-123126
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