Meet the Beyond the Bag Challenge Shortlist
455 teams from around the world joined the Beyond the Bag Challenge. Now, OpenIDEO is thrilled to announce the shortlist. The challenge brought to light future-forward, tech-enabled solutions that can help build a new system that serves the function of the retail bag in a sustainable, affordable, and inclusive way.
Solutions represent a range of company stages, from early concept startups to established, commercial businesses, within three broad categories of innovation — reusable designs, enabling technology, and innovative materials. Innovations were evaluated through the lenses of sustainability, business and technical viability, accessibility, customer behavior, and alignment with reuse and recovery infrastructure. These provide a window into the future. Identifying innovation is the first step, and with the right kind of testing, honing and piloting, the innovators can start implementing new solutions and systems at scale.
During the Refinement Phase, the shortlist is invited to develop prototypes, plans to scale their business model, and other demonstrations of the solution’s ability to satisfy the goals of the challenge.
Read all about the shortlisted innovations HERE