Deplastify The Planet

Eco-conception open innovation program in partnership with UC Berkeley

Deplastify the Planet is a project-based class offered jointly by Schoolab and the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET). In this program, students work alongside global organizations with a single goal in mind – ‘deplastify’ the planet.

5 actions you can take to Deplastify the Planet

  • 1. Circular economy – Reduce, reuse, repair. Creating new sustainable business models around waste. Read use case

  • 2. Finding alternatives – Sourcing different sustainable materials in the place of plastic. Read use case.

  • 3. Education and optimization of existing infrastructure – Improving human behavior around the issue of plastic waste and consumption. Read use case

  • 4. Reducing plastic waste – Analyzing supply chains to identify excess use of plastic.

  • 5. Improved recycling – A better traceability of waste allows for more efficient recycling.

Mathieu Aguesse
CEO, Schoolab San Francisco & Program Director, UC Berkeley
“ Innovative companies usually face complex problems that can only be solved looking at it with different angles. Outsourcing that phase of research and ideation brings more perspective and allows corporations to earn time, energy and flexibility. ”
sustainable product design
Plastic waste is not recycled
8 Md
8 billion kilos of plastic ends up in our oceans every year
2 Mi
2 million plastic bags are distributed every minute worldwide

Why Open Innovation?

The benefits of partaking in an open innovation program with Schoolab

Blending different generations together offers diverse perspectives and it leverages the experience of the older generation while building on the norms and tastes of youth.
Involving external actors in your innovation funnel offers great outputs: avoiding tunnel effect, creating eco-systemic solutions and enhancing creativity inputs during the entire development process.
Our methodology is the result of 14 years of experimentation and refinement. We work and iterate on the theories of Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Open Innovation.
Our approach is user-centric, observation is key. It allows us to deeply understand the customer’s needs and build relevant products and services

Innovate with students to reduce plastic waste

Creativity and new points of view are essential in order to implement change in a sustainable manner. This open Innovation program in partnership with UC Berkeley takes students from different academic background and challenges corporate problems.



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