Sunscreen innovations that protect skin and Mexican coral reefs among top business solutions created in the Enactus 1 Race 4 Oceans competition
Mexico joins Canada and India in finals at October’s Enactus World Cup
Enactus announced four finalist teams with innovations including a sunscreen that helps coral reefs; a cigarette butt upcycling program to reduce microplastics in the oceans; single-use toiletries to prevent unrecycled plastics from making their way to the ocean; and an upcycling program for floral waste in India advancing in the 1 Race 4 Oceans sponsored by a private donor and Wilo Foundation.
The multi-year, global 1 Race 4 Oceans competition challenges Enactus teams of university students to address issues of habitat loss, overfishing, climate change and pollution activities that affect our world’s oceans. Enactus is the largest experiential platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators.
The innovative business solutions created by these four teams will be featured during the Enactus World Cup 2021, which will be held virtually Oct. 14-21.
The 1 Race 4 Oceans competition focuses on the crisis that is happening at the surface and within the depths of the deep seas. With 30 percent of the world’s fish stocks overexploited and an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter being found on every square kilometer of ocean, Enactus teams are using business innovation to tackle these challenges.
Finalist projects were chosen from a field of 101 entries from 18 countries by an independent judging panel comprised of sponsor company employees, subject matter experts and Enactus alumni.
Projects advancing to the final round of competition include:
- EarthSuds, from Wilfrid Laurier University of Enactus Canada, provides a sustainable alternative to single-use toiletry bottles that are too small to recycle, are thrown into landfills, and due to their small size, can end up being carried away by wind into our world’s oceans.
- With large amounts of floral waste from religious ceremonies and celebrations polluting the streets and waters of India, Project Palaash from Aryabhatta College of Enactus India employs the underprivileged within their communities to use floral waste to naturally dye organic fabrics that are used in a variety of events.
- Leher, a project from Shri Ram College of Commerce of Enactus India, works to create a sustainable collection system for disposed cigarette butts that make their way into our oceans by cleansing and upcycling the microplastics found in the butts into diverse products.
- The social enterprise ECOHUITZIL, from the University of Guadalajara, University Center of La Costa Sur of Enactus Mexico, provides an eco-friendly sunscreen that does not pollute or damage coral reefs. The packaging is made of recycled plastic found on the beaches of Mexico. Proceeds from sunscreen sales supports reef restoration.
“Enactus deploys the next generation of leaders to tackle great challenges like the crisis facing our oceans,” said Enactus Chief Development Officer Betsy Liley. “These solutions are innovative, realistic and cost-effective interventions that already are having significant impacts. Enactus shapes young leaders into the next generation of global leaders by providing them with relevant, real-world learning and competition.”
The teams participating in the 1 Race 4 Oceans since June 2020 have together:
- Reduced more than 700 million kilograms of ocean waste material.
- Directly and positively impacted nearly 1 million people.
- Created 126 businesses and more than 800 jobs.
For more information about the 1 Race 4 Oceans and the finalist teams, please visit the 1 Race 4 Oceans.