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Before introducing a few examples of social innovation, it's important to actually understand what social innovation really is. As the European Commission has simply defined it "social innovations are new ideas that meet social needs, create social relationships and form new collaborations." To complement this definition, a NESTA's report focused on social innovation outlines very well that "social innovations are modest and incremental; others are systemic and fundamental".
Social innovators from all over the world are bringing attention to social issues and providing solutions in incredible and novel ways. Therefore, we have reviewed various sources and chose to show you the following 3 examples of social innovations that would be interesting to take a look at.
3 Social Innovations
1. BAKEYS - an Indian company that manufactures edible cutlery. This startup produces eco-friendly cutlery instead of plastic ones. Their substitution to plastic is not only delicious cutlery in various flavours but helps cut the quantity of plastic ending up in the ocean and into landfills.
Moreover, Bakeys produces more environmentally friendly than biodegradable plastic utensils made from corn plastics. They also raised funding through a Kickstarter campaign back in 2016 which was more than 10 times from what they were looking to get.
2. THE READ READ - is an innovative learning device that teaches blind people and those with low vision how to read Braille. The way it works is by helping the user sound out every word they learn, i.e. each tile has Braille letters printed on metal as well as the device reads the letter out loud along with how many dots it contains.
3. PETIT PLI - a line of clothes that grows with the child using expansion and growth technology. It was founded by Ryan Yasin in London in 2017 addressing the ill fitting children's clothes on the market. The clothes are water resistant as well as wind resistant, lightweight, and gender-inclusive with pleated designs. They can also grow up to seven sizes. It's not only sustainable by reducing waste, but also can save families money on new clothes.
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