A panel to decide the winners of a £100,000 waste award has been announced by innovation charity Nesta.
The Challenge Prize for waste reduction was launched earlier this month in response to surveys by Nesta revealing 73% of the public were concerned with the amount of waste in the UK. Deadline for applications is 14 September.
Twenty-five entries will be shortlisted and given the support to develop a detailed plan for their idea. Five concepts with the potential for sustainability and scale will then each receive up to £10,000 and professional advice to set up and test their projects. The idea considered to be most effective at reducing waste will be selected in September 2013 and will be awarded £50,000.
Seven judges, including UK eco designer Gary Harvey, have been chosen to consider 25 short-listed entries.
Mr Harvey said: “Waste could be reduced if people really think about the consequences of their decisions and realise that there is only one planet and its resources are limited.
“Creating dresses from discarded materials that would otherwise end up in landfills demonstrates how a simple idea can reduce waste and create something positive. I am confident there are loads of great ideas out there to reduce, reuse or recycle waste.”
Nesta’s Vicky Purewal added: “It is encouraging to see the ideas that people have for tackling this issue and that interest in the challenges is coming from a wide range of backgrounds, not simply the ‘usual suspects’.”
- Philip Colligan (Chair), Nesta
- Vicki Purewal, Centre for Challenge Prizes, Nesta
- Sophie Chapman, Cabinet Office
- Nicola Leeds, Defra
- Kevin Waudby, Good Innovation
- Gary Harvey, Eco Designer
- Angela Geer, WRVS