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Cardano SAY NO Plastic Straws | C4O

$40,012.00 Requested
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Problem:

Too many animals &marine life are victimized and hurt by plastic straws. Does Cardano know that? How does Cardano act to solve this problem?

Challenge: F8: Miscellaneous Challenge
over budget Requested 8.002% of the fund.
Proposal Assessor Reviews:
4.42 (36)
Yes Votes:
₳ 34,853,256
No Votes:
₳ 16,476,898
Unique Wallets:
154

Experience

We are startups from technology to environmentally friendly products applying high technology in production and consumption. With 15+ years working in many countries such as Japan, USA, Netherlands and Vietnam with experience in technology, marketing, eCommerce, retail & export.

Solution

We produce straws from natural grass to replace plastic straws. The goal of reducing waste is plastic straws into the environment and ocean.

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[IMPACT]

===== Project Summary ======

In “Problem statement”, we do not have enough spaces to describe our idea so we will make it more clear in this part.

With Cardano's mission of "Making The World Work Better For All", it will not stop at the slogan but also go into more practical issues and real-life projects as well as global issues including environment, waste, carbon emissions, green energy, food.

The project “The Cardano say no plastic straws” will fulfill a part of Cardano's mission. It proposes a solution for the plastic waste problem caused by plastic straws, which are having bad impacts on the global environment, especially the marine environment.

Plastic straws seriously affect marine life by contaminating plastic molecules into the seafood that we are catching and eating every day.

Everyone might still remember how the sea turtle was killed by plastic straw as demonstrated in this youtube video __

After watching those images, we were really touched and immediately warn ourselves of daily activities with plastic waste.

It also reminds ADA holders like us to take responsibility for critical environmental issues around us.

Luckily, we found that natural grass straws can be a perfect alternative to plastic straws that we are using at home, in restaurants, etc…

Together with Cardano's vision that IOHK and Catalyst community are aiming at “Making The World Work Better For All”, our slogan is “For Future, Save Earth Together !”

We discovered a natural grass straw field in the Mekong Delta – Asia and it was proof that this type of sedge grass is suitable for making straws to replace the current plastic straws that we are using.

Nature has favored this land so that Co bang (Lepironia articulata) grass can grow wildly. If you go there, you will see that it is wonderful.

<u>Natural grass straw characteristics:</u>

Why should we use co-bang (lepironia articulata) straws?

Characteristics of Co Bang (lepironia articulata) straws. Why should we use natural straws?

  • No dyes.
  • 100% natural and environmentally friendly.
  • Biodegradable, re-composted as fertilizer for plants.
  • Made of natural grass material.
  • Durable and flexible.
  • No chlorine chemicals.
  • Single-use and biodegradable straws.
  • Quickly regenerated material areas, in which it takes Co bang (Lepironia articulata) only 7-10 months to grow and be harvested.
  • No plant preservatives, due to growing in an acidic alum water environment, Co bang (Lepironia articulata) is immune from pests and parasites.
  • Reduction of CO2 emission and plastic waste, water, and marine pollution.

<u>What is the value this project brings to the Cardano community?</u>

The project connects the values of technology and life associated with the Cardano ecosystem, creating value for a civilized community and promoting global sustainable values.

In addition, the project resonates with Cardano's vision value, it directly improves the lives of farmers in the area of grass straws.

Europe, the US, and Japan are expected to completely ban plastic straws in the near future, That is a huge source of customers that we want to serve, to meet the demand for grass straws to replace plastic straws.

So that the project is a great choice for us at this point. Those who pay ADA for the purchase of the project's natural grass straws will benefit even more, which helps promote ADA liquidity.

Using ADA to pay for environmentally friendly products is a great idea that will inspire other people to work on new eco-friendly products.

<https://www.youtube.com/embed/4wH878t78bw>

===== Proposed Solution in this project =====

<u>1/ Production:</u>

Exploiting natural grass areas along with planting and developing new grass areas as materials for making grass straw: We plan to use 7-8 months-old sedge plants to make straws.

Furthermore, we will rent land for grass cultivation to develop sustainable material areas

<u>2/ Labor:</u>

Hire local people to join our project in growing ingredients, harvesting, and producing

<u>3/ Marketing:</u>

Build sales and marketing channels through product website or Facebook or launch product advertisement is well-known E-commerce sites such as eBay, Amazon

<u>4/ Export</u>

Besides the domestic market which aims to serve individuals, restaurants, and beverages companies, we also plan to

promote exports to other countries such as the US, Europe, Japan, Korea where plastic straws will completely be forbidden in 2022.

<u>5/ Reinvestment:</u>

Profits from commercial activities will be further invested in: increasing the cultivation area, increasing the straws production volume and export orders, hiring more farmers which contributes to boosting the area economy.

<u>6/ Payment method:</u>

We will now accept payments in cash and ADA crypto. ADA users will receive a 20% discount at the time of purchase compared to paying with fiat currency. In the future, we will only accept ADA money for the purchase of grass straws on our online store.

<u>7/ Project website:</u> www.peagreen.global

<u>8/ Meaning of the project:</u>

  • Driving the acceptance of ADA in real-life activities
  • Create more jobs to boost the local economy
  • Reduce the use of plastic straws which leads to the reduction of plastic waste dumped into the natural environment in general and in particular ocean environments for aquatic creatures.
  • Create a green environment by the constant increase of tree planting area to help reduce CO2 emission.
  • One more contribution of the project is using cryptocurrencies to create sustainability for the global future, which drives more acceptance of cryptocurrencies including Cardano in society.

<u>KPIs</u>

This innovative idea hasn't been mentioned in any of the other challenges from F2 until now and we use the below KPIs to measure the progress of this project.

  • The number of areas where raw materials (Lepironia articulata grass) are grown.
  • The number of local workers to be hired.
  • The number of grass straws produced.
  • The number of products consumed and replaced by plastic straws on the market.
  • Amount of ADA paid for buying grass straws
  • The number of ADA wallets participating in the payment.
  • Other indicators that are difficult to measure such as the positive impacts on the environment, reduced amount of plastic straw waste as well as the number of green grass areas planted.
  • Global marine environment and straw user consciousness.

===== Risk Management =====

<u>Risk</u>:

- In the long term, due to climate change, the Mekong Delta in Asia will be affected by drought and salinity as well as hydroelectric dams built by China and Cambodia that have blocked the natural flow, making water scarce, which will affect the development of the raw material area. It is also a global issue due to human's excessive impact on the natural environment causing a change in both plan and animal habitats.

- The price of natural grass straws is higher than plastic straws. Furthermore, the plastic straw ban is still limited to a few developed countries

- The cryptocurrency price fluctuation might make the project underfunded.

- The covid-19 epidemic makes a disruption in the export and shipping chain, which might lead to a long shipping time to deliver the final product to overseas clients.

<u>Solution:</u>

- Regarding climate change due to drought and salinity, we propose the following solutions:

  • Digging natural water reservoirs, storing water for cultivation.
  • Maintain and protect the new raw material area to cope with changes in the natural environment
  • Exploiting and discovering new raw material areas that have not been affected by climate change.
  • In the future, we will do experiment with varieties of plants that can adapt to new weather and soil conditions

- Digital market prices fluctuation: Our solution accepts the payment in both cash and ADA. When ADA price is volatile, there should not have negative effects on our current business.

- Regarding the Covid-19 epidemic: It is undeniable fact that Covid-19 is having a very bad impact on the supply chain and production. However, the supply of natural grass is abundant, and we are proactive in planting the grass ourselves.

Furthermore, with the increase in the number of vaccinated population as well as the adaptation to the new business model during the covid crisis, we believe the supply chain will soon be restored.

Finally, as we have a good team with experts in IT, eCommerce, innovative startups and automation in manufacturing, we are confident that we will be able to adapt our business model to cope with the covid-19 crisis.

- We admit that the price of natural grass straws is still more expensive than plastic straws. In the future when we can have our raw material area and introduce more automation in a manufacturing line, the cost will certainly decrease. In addition, the most important thing for us today is to have a both sustainable and environment-friendly economy.

Cryptocurrencies should be used to pay for things that provide benefit to both society and the environment, which is a mission of Cardano blockchain.

[FEASIBILITY]

===== Details about the Project Roadmap =====

<u>Phase 1: Initial build</u>

This is the process to build a production and business model for natural grass straws. At this stage, we focus on building factories, working groups, developing raw materials. and launching the first product to market.

Q2/2022

  • Create and select natural grass material areas for straw making
  • Set up factories hire local farmers and workers
  • Set up the manufacturing process and training workers
  • Buy and start the exploitation of raw material areas
  • Set up a production team and manufacturing line for grass straws
  • Establish retail channels, SNS community channels, and e-commerce
  • Build an online shop that accepts both ADA and Cash payments
  • Design product packaging
  • Launch the first product to the market

Q3/2022

  • Buy machinery and equipment to replace manual work
  • Increase the number of straws produced
  • Check and shape product classification
  • Printing and packaging products
  • Product promotion and marketing
  • Export to foreign countries in expanding the sale growth
  • Online sale
  • Global Campaign Launch: "Cardano 4 Sea - C4S", and "Cardano SAY NO Plastic Straws"

<u>Phase 2: Global Campaign</u>

At this stage, we want to create a large number of products to carry out a global campaign namely “With grass straws, Cardano Says No to plastic straws”. The purpose of the campaign is to create a mindset for the community about the harmful effects of plastic straws as well as to promote Cardano's sustainable green ecosystem.

Q4/2022

  • Continuing "Cardano 4 Sea - C4S" and "Cardano SAY NO Plastic Straws"
  • Harvest planting materials from the beginning of the project (harvest period is about 7-8 months)
  • Hire more local workers
  • Expansion of factories and manufacturing lines
  • Increase the export of grass straws to foreign countries
  • Planting new material areas
  • Launch marketing and communication campaign about grass straws

Q1/2023

  • Lobby other countries to completely ban plastic straws.
  • Support and transfer the knowledge and skills about grass straws manufacturing.
  • Provide communication and export support for partners.
  • Fully integrated ADAPay for payment.
  • Continuing the global campaign: "Cardano 4 Ocean - C4O" and "Cardano SAY NO Plastic Straws"

===== Term Success =====

Short-Term Success After 3-6 Months:

  • Build material areas.
  • Finished construction of the production line factory.
  • Production activities and operation of the production process of grass straws.
  • Create 10 jobs for local workers.
  • Exporting 100K of grass straws is equivalent to reducing nearly 100K of plastic straws in the market.
  • Building a community "Cardano says no to plastic straws".
  • Building an online website to promote and sell glass weeds to make straws.
  • Trial payment integration with ADA for buying grass straws.

Mid-Term Success After 6-12 Months:

  • Integrating ADA payments in commercial transactions
  • Expanding 3 times the material area
  • Double expansion of factories and machines
  • 3 times more jobs for local workers
  • Export &gt;1M of grass straws

Long-Term Success After 12-24 Months:

  • Top #1 grass straws provider in the world payment by crypto.
  • Create a good image and reputation for the Cardano community in building a sustainable life and environment for the future.
  • Maintaining exports, labor, customers, and raw material areas for continuous growth.

===== Fund 8 Detail Fund Allocation =====

We start the project with the capital for the first 3 months are the following costs:

  • Hire local labor:

10 x 400$/month x3 = 12,000$

  • Factory renting &amp; construction:

2000$ x3 = 6,000$

  • Marketing:

1000 x3= 3,000$

  • Maintenance and repair:

500$ x3 =1,500$

  • Electricity, water, internet..:

500$ x3 =1,500$

  • Export procedures and laws:

700$ x3 =2,100$

  • Invest in raw materials, planting grass:

4,000$ x3 = 12,000$

  • Buy a straw cutter and wash:

(3500$/24months) x3 = 437.5$

  • Dryer and lazer sterilization machine:

(4000$/24months) x3 = 500$

  • Tools:

(1,500$/12Month) x3 = 375$

  • Opportunity cost (assuming: $40,000 for 1 year) interest rate 6%/year:

200 x3 = 600$

  • Export tax: 0$ (*Because our country encourages people to develop and export eco-friendly products)
  • Webshop online and created a shop on Amazon online: 3,000$ (No call funding) (*Because, We have invested in web sales and opened stores on amazon Japan https://amzn.to/3IXQQyv )

Total budget: $40,012

===== Co-Team Members =====

We have members who have set up start-ups and are experts in IT and eco-friendly products. This project gives us a great motivation to work for a common global future.

- Trong*:* Project Founder with 15+ years of experience in information technology and start-ups, e-commerce, mobile content digital, a game studio, and environmentally friendly products. He will be in charge of materials, products and production processes, product packaging, and quality control.

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/trong-nguyen-4092b568/)

- Khanh*:* Over 15 years working in the Japanese market, in charge of import and export and product communication, He is a person who is especially interested in natural products introduced into daily life. In addition, he is an expert in the security of information technology systems at Fortinet.

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/khanh-pham-ngoc-79541371/)

- Tuan*:* In charge of e-commerce and community operations, He has been working for over 15 years in the software development industry and is the main engineer running the following ADA stake pool operator of Technotes Asia Pool.

(https://github.com/CWThun)

- Khoa*:* is an automation engineer, an activist for the marine environment in Asia. Since 2019, he has volunteered to conserve Sea Turtles in Hon Cau Island, Binh Thuan Vietnam, organized by IUCN and US FWS. With a mission to develop communities that protect marine species from human impact from plastic waste, he has the experience necessary for a successful project for the Cardano community.

(https://www.iucn.org/asia/countries/viet-nam/marine-turtle-conservation)

HoangDang*:* has many years of experience in international trade and the export of goods.

Participating in the project with the role of developing brands and products for the global market.

He is active in the field of education and human resource development projects. He is also a lover of new technology and eco-friendly products made from nature.

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ADABoys LAB: A group of technology experts, especially focusing on Cardano blockchain, will support ADA payment integration and interaction with e-commerce systems.

With the project that has been Funded 7 cPay - ADA payment on the COTI platform, ADAboys LAB team can fully integrate with shops and other e-commerce platforms.

Technotes Asia Pool provides technical support and is an ADA pool operator for the Asia region.

  • <https://www.technotes.asia>

We are also active on the Weforum forum for reducing waste and plastic straws in the ocean.

<https://www.weforum.org/videos/the-ocean-will-have-4-times-more-plastic-trash-in-it-by-2050>

Above all, we are nature-loving people, passionate about technology. We shared the same mission which is aimed at connecting people and technologies for a better world.

[AUDITABILITY]

1/ Public SNS channels will be used to exchange project progress and information with the community such as:

  • Community activities: Telegram, Facebook…

please follow us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/naturalgrassstraws

  • Retail and export orders as well as e-commerce activities selling online.
  • Website: www.peagreen.global and Amazon <https://amzn.to/3IXQQyv,> eBay …
  • Project Management Tool: We use ClickUp to manage the project tasks among members as well as monitor the development of the project.
  • We will apply manual manufacturing processes incorporating light industry into the operation.
  • In addition, ISO standards and occupational safety indicators were established from the very beginning. Standards on fire prevention are also thorough in the management and operation of production..

2/ Our project timelines:

  • 1-3 months: Build up the grass planting area
  • 1-2 months: Manufacturing chain setup and installation of machinery and equipment
  • 1 month: Start the grass straw production
  • 1-2 months: Hire 10 local workers
  • 1-3 months: Selling out 100K of grass straws to the market
  • 1-3 months: Building the community “Cardano says no to plastic straws”.
  • 1-3 months: Build an online shop to promote and sell weed straws.
  • 1-2 months: Trial payment integration in ADA for buying grass straws.

3/ Break-Even Point in this Funding:

We apply the following break-even calculation formula:

Q_BE = F/(r-v)

In there:

(F): Total fixed costs 3 month = 40,013$

(v): Variable costs per unit (Straw)= 0.035$

(r): Sales price per unit (Straw)= 0.095$

(Q_BE): Break-Even Point (Units):

Q_BE = F/(r-v) = 40,013/(0.095-0.035)

= 666,875(Straws)

This means we need to sell just over 222,292 grass straws in 1 month, to reach the break-even point.

With the intention of bringing to the market 100K grass straws/month

  • We will reach return investing in the 7th-8th month for first the 3-months investment of Fund8.
  • If we give ADA payers a 20% discount on weed straws. To create liquidity motivation for ADA coin. Then we need 10-11 months to pay back the first 3 months’ investment.

You will find more information about the project at this link: https://bit.ly/3JfExh6

===== We Success =====

— Together with the Cardano 4 Climate (C4C) program, we campaign for the Cardano 4 Ocean (C4O) program.

  • Create a mindset in the Cardano community that says no to plastic straws.
  • We can produce a grass straw product to replace plastic straws based on the funding from Cardano
  • We create an economic model to bring natural products associated with ADA cryptocurrency, build a commercial website for the product.
  • We only rely on the funding in the first year. From the second year, we expect to run the business independently without having to ask for another round of funding.
  • The project will create more jobs for local people, which contribute to the growth of the local economy, land and water resources projection from climate change.
  • One of the biggest successes of the project is creating a good mindset for those who want to apply for Cardano funding to develop other eco-friendly products.
  • In the future, with profits gained from current business, we will continue to invest in other similar business models based on the experience and knowledge gained from this project.

ADA Funded =&gt;Creating raw materials =&gt; Exploiting production

=&gt;Checking product quality and packaging

=&gt; Trading and exporting, bringing to the consumer market

=&gt; Process improvement &amp; reinvestment from revenue

=&gt; ADA profit (recycle investing) =&gt;

=&gt; Marketing continues to grow raw materials (The product life cycle is repeated.)..

*(You can see the picture I attached to get a better idea of our business model.)

In short, the project is successful in all participants and everyone wins Win-Win-Win…

  • Farmers have jobs.
  • The Cardano has more liquidity for ADA holders.
  • The environment is not damaged by plastic straws.
  • Proposers and implementers add creative impetus.
  • Create good effects for society about cryptocurrency and its purpose.
  • Increase green area, reduce CO2, and retain water.
  • And win more …

Especially, I will give away 20 grass straws to those who want to try this product of ours.

— Samples can be shipped to interested customers, *note that the shipping cost will be incurred by customers.

===== SAY NO Platis Straws to Save Earth Together ! =====

  • The idea of this project is new to Catalyst funding and has not been presented in any other projects from F1 to F8.
  • Cardano uses a proof of stake mechanism which is environmentally friendly. Using Cardano blockchain for natural grass straws payment is a perfect combination for sustainable growth.
  • We look forward to collaborating with like-minded community members and are happy to support businesses and individuals implementing similar projects with all knowledge and skills we have.
  • We believe that the Natural Grass Straws Project will provide the best alternative product to replace plastic straws and it will be a successful project funded by the Catalyst community.
  • Let's act early so we don't have to pay a heavy price in the future!
  • If you find this project practical and good for your life and the environment, please vote to make it a reality. Please join us to protect the Earth.

Vote for the future of a Blue Ocean again! No more plastic straw please!

=== Thank you for taking the time to read &amp; comment on our project! ====

SDG Rating

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

SDG subgoals:

14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

14.4 By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

14.6 By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation4

Key Performance Indicator (KPI):

14.2.1 Number of countries using ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine areas

14.1.1 (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density

14.4.1 Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels

14.5.1 Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas

14.6.1 Degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

#proposertoolsdg #noplasticstraw #ada_natural_grass_straws

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I like this project very much, it addresses one of the most pressing issues today: the environment. Natural grass straws can be a perfect alternative to plastic straws that we are using at home, in restaurants, etc… . In addition, it drives the acceptance of ADA in real-life activities, using cryptocurrencies to create sustainability for the global future, which drives more acceptance of cryptocurrencies including Cardano in society.

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The proposal aims to address the plastic straw issues that harm marine life by introducing straw from natural grass. Despite the fact that this proposals fit right within the Miscellaneous Challenge, the solution of grass straw is not novel but rather common in the e-commerce space. Despite Cardano ecosystem support environmental causes but this solution will not have desired impact to increase Cardano adoption but rather make an unnecessary production that could be increase the waste and unused material to the environment.

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The problem is that too many animals and marine life are trapped, hurt by plastic straws. The proposed solution is to use a straw made from natural grass that is environmentally friendly and decomposes quickly. The goal of the proposal is to reduce plastic waste in the environment and oceans. The proposal to introduce the slogan "Cardano says no to plastic straws" would fulfill part of Cardano's mission. I appreciate bringing up this issue and how to solve the marine environment problem. The proposed group has found a solution to use natural grass straw, which is abundant in the Mekong Delta - Asia. The proposal also introduces the advantages of grass straws. Moreover, the proposal also sees potential markets such as the US, Japan, and Europe. These markets will completely ban plastic straws in the near future. In addition, the project also brings the value of Cardano technology to life. The proposal also offers this natural grass straw payment solution with ADA increasing the liquidity of ADA.

The solution of the proposed proposal consists of 8 stages such as production, labor, marketing, export, reinvestment, payment method, … I appreciate this because they show them clearly visualized the tasks to be done. In it, they have a project's website: https://www.peagreen.global/. It shows that they have been working on this. Their proposed risks are due to climate change leading to drought, the cost of producing straws from natural grass being higher than plastic straws, fluctuations in ADA prices leading to lack of capital for the project, covid-19 epidemic. lengthening the export and shipping chain can lead to extended lead times. The proposal also offers a full range of preventive solutions for these risks such as combating climate change, price fluctuations, etc.

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It is indeed a great initiative not only for the nature but also for the people who indirectly will get the economics benefits of it.

The plan is very clear and well stated. Will include all local people and definitely provide jobs and future for the people there.

The risk stated is also acceptable. For example, the straw will be slightly pricy but nowadays people would spend more if it will help nature ,like people willingly spend more if it is organic.

In essence the problem describe is aligned with the challenge

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Hello Ada Voters! When asked if this challenge is the right challenge for this proposal I must give this proposal a 5 of 5! Solid proposal. As a scuba diver, I have learned how much plastic goes into our oceans and how much that hurts animals and fish, and the whole ecosystem. Anything that is biodegradable and fancy that's presentable to customers at restaurants, etc. is pretty genius. I am not sure how this is going to power the growth of Cardano but I believe that Cardano itself can probably earn some carbon footprint credits by funding this project. Especially with government mandates and the popularization of increasing the price of carbon credits to make carbon more expensive for companies that emit carbon to buy. I think it's pretty genius because the green wave where people vote with their wallets not just on Cardano but by buying more sustainably will hugely boost this proposal with a big commercial business opportunity. The proposal is well written as well clear with a lot of sources and harmful examples of plastics in the ocean.

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This proposal addresses the problem of plastic straws in the ocean with cryptocurrency as the answer. This will make good publicity for cryptocurrency especially Cardano for solving world problems. And if this project succeded it will promote Cardano as a green cryptocurrency to the world. The proposal also addresses the risk possibility with the appropriate and reasonable solution. With the advance of technology and pandemic ending, this project able to scale, by reducing the cost of making natural grass straws.

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In my opinion, this proposal is the perfect link between Cardano ecosystem development and environmental protection. Environmental concerns, stemming from the impact of plastic waste on the ocean, have led to an increase in reusable straws. Co Bang straws (lepironia actiulata) are a perfect alternative to plastic straws. The product is dye-free, 100% natural and eco-friendly, biodegradable, compostable and made from natural grass ingredients. All customers can now get 20% off when paying with ADA coin. This also appeals to ADA holders who want to buy this product or people, who are interested in eco-friendly straws, will know about the ADA coin, then learn more about the cardano ecosystem. This process will expand and enhance consumers' knowledge of blockchain applications and the cardano ecosystem. The success of this proposal also helps create more jobs to boost the local economy and improve the lives of farmers in the grassy area.

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This proposal would normally fit into the "Business Solutions" challenge as it proposes to replace plastic straws with plant-derived alternatives among major corporate users. The language of the proposal comes across as "sensationalist", i.e. making moral appeals and using emotionally charged language such as "animals are victimized" but lacks details on how it is different from the many, many alternative solutions to the same problem and its relevance to Cardano or the Cardano community specifically.

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Using wild grass which is biodegradable to replace traditional plastic straw is a great solution to save the earth from plastic waste. Doing a quick google search, we can see that this product has been manufactured by some companies in Vietnam but it is the first time such project has been presented in a blockchain project so it is still has its value as consumers can have an alternative payment when buying the product

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Cardano SAY NO Plastic Straws is one of the best proposals I know of. Every day, seeing the environment being destroyed more and more by humans, I always think that there should be solutions to be able to overcome the problems caused by humans. Creating straws from natural grass together with other types of straws such as paper, … will contribute to the complete elimination of plastic straws. This will make the community more aware of using plastic alternatives that can be easily recycled and are available in nature. This can be considered as a big step in preserving the living environment around us so that our children and grandchildren can be proud. In particular, this initiative, born and developed from the Cardano ecosystem, will help the international community appreciate Cardano more and resonate in the community.

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In today's world, many times people are so busy doing business, producing, racing with sales to satisfy customers, that they forget about the living environment around us. Your project awakens many major global problems that go beyond a single field. Here you raise capital to produce natural grass straws to replace the plastic straws that we are using every day. You exploit and plant natural grass to make straws, it's a great idea that not everywhere can grow this grass. The project has a large positive impact on the environment and resonates with the vision Cardano is aiming for. The proposed solutions are very reasonable, create and hire local resources to carry out production. That both creates jobs for local workers to have more income while keeping the main raw material area for a long time. The proponent also makes straws in terms of length and packing according to the quantity. I found that 18-20cm for tall cups and 13-15cm for lower cups, it's very reasonable and makes the most of the production materials. In particular, each replacement plastic straw is a less harmful environment for plastic waste and marine animals. I'm so excited about your project, keep it up!

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This proposal aims to finance a start-up business that has already sold its products to the market in some parts of the world such as Vietnam, the US, the EU, Japan, and Korea. The company's natural grass sucking snail products are environmentally friendly, contributing to reducing the toxic discharge of plastic straws into the environment, especially the marine environment. With the slogan “Cardano SAY NO Plastic Straws | Cardano 4 Ocean” creates a mindset for the Cardano community to protect the environment, a Cardano blockchain that uses an environmentally-friendly POS algorithm when there is a community of users who also have environmental thinking will have a strong impact, helping to people take action towards a greener earth. If the integration of Coti's ADApay payment gateway into the sales website of this proposal is successful, the impact of this proposal on the Cardano ecosystem will not be much. But this proposal has a larger social impact, bringing many benefits to users around the world. I rate 5 points.

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Your team consists of members who have set up start-ups and are experts in IT and eco-friendly products. They have full knowledge, skills, many years of experience in different fields: import and export, product packaging, quality control,… . Especially with the support of the ADABoys LAB team in the ADA payment integration and interaction with e-commerce systems. Contacts are also provided in full, based on which we can easily verify the transparency of team information. With a large and talented team, I am sure they will be able to carry out this project. The project roadmap has been provided, it is quite detailed, I appreciate this. You have determined what needs to be done, thereby allocating the budget reasonably (budget for the first 3 months). Also, I would also like to commend you for coming up with a breakeven point in this fund (3 months). Don't stop there, you've provided a breakeven spreadsheet with a longer time horizon (3 years). This represents your overall vision for this project. Risk reduction solutions and success indicators are also described, which is a solid basis for the project to develop sustainably.

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The venture timeline is around 1-2 years while the project timeline is 3 months. The initial phase for the first 3 months will involve setting up a factory. However, this natural grass straw is not a novel solution and the related cost to produce ones will use up the budget quickly. Only the first 3 months will already use 40k of Catalyst funding so after a year, one can expect the fund churning and the proposer will need more funding (for at least a year). The return on investment based on proposer's calculation is 7-8 months to reap the investment of 3 months. There is a high risk involved as the sale figures look rather ambitious and it is very likely that the it will take longer time to reap the original investment. Hence, for the budget and timeline point of view, the project has a strong headwind to make this project implementation difficult to achieve not to mention the natural risk which couldn't be avoided and cause the delay of the project.

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The proposal has a clear roadmap that is divided into two phases: phase 1 initial construction in Q2/2022 and Q3/2022; Phase 2 global campaign in Q4/2022 and Q1/2023. They offer specific, logical jobs. In this proposal, after 3 to 6 months, it is possible to do jobs such as Building material areas, factories, production processes, creating 10 job positions for local workers, export 100k natural grass straws. From the 6th to 12th month, ADA payment can be integrated with commercial transactions, tripled the material area, doubled the production plant, and exported >1 million natural grass straws.

The proposal has clear budget details, but the items " Buy a straw cutter and wash: Dryer and laser sterilization machine: Tools: ". The initial investment has not been clarified where to get the budget. The team only calculates depreciation for these devices over 3 months. “Buy a straw cutter and wash: (3500$/24months) x3 = 437.5$ Dryer and lazer sterilization machine: (4000$/24months) x3 = 500$ Tools: (1,500$/12Month) x3 = 375$” The team recommends clarifying these items, and preventing risks.

The team consists of 5 members with fields such as information technology, import and export, e-commerce, automation… and has clear attached link information. I appreciate the success of this project.

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Budget structure and planning is presented detailed and the team is established. The budget requested is reasonable and I see they will succeed

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When asked if the plan can be executed we need to look at if the plan is doable. When asked that we need to look at 1. who is behind the plan and 2. what the plan is. We also need to ask 3. what are the risks out of the teams control. I am glad to see a wealth of diverse experience behind the team and I encourage ada voters to look at the teams experience so I will copy and paste each team members bio at the bottom of the feasibility portion of this review. To me, the experience of the team speaks for themselves. The team seems professional.

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The team has shown to have a good track record by providing their Linkedin profile and skill necessary for this project. The team also provide reasonable budgeting with detailed explanation. I suggest the team make an alternative plan if there is crop failure of the raw material by coordinating with the existing local farmers. The team can also provide what type or brand machinery is necessary for this project in a more detailed way.

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This proposal is driven by a group is very experienced. The team members connected to the proposal have extensive experience in the fields of information arts, e-commerce, export and communication of eco-friendly products. Since the issue is business related, it would be better to have a member of the financial advisor. A financial advisor can offer a financial planning tool that can be more optimal and can provide timely solutions to overcome difficulties in cryptocurrency price fluctuations. In addition, as described in the impacts section, this Co bang grass thrives in the Mekong Delta - Asia. The total area of the Mekong Delta is 40,547.2 km². It has one centrally run city and 12 provinces. With the required capital of 40012 USD for the beginning of 3 months and a short-term tool after 3 - 6 months, the raw material area can be built. I think it is possible to specifically consider which material areas to build material areas, for example: material areas in Long An, Dong Thap, Ha Tien.

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I did a quick search and can verify that product has been sold by some companies in Vietnam, and PeaGreen is one of them. From their website, the company has the office in Europe and Japan which are big markets where eco-friendly products are highly welcomed. Also ADA Boy Labs is a strong technical team with experience working in blockchain and Cardano where they have several projects funded in Fund7. I therefore has a confidence that this project will be successful and help to boost Cardano image and popularity.

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The team of proposers and websites of the project and companies associated with it do not show any track record for the distribution of natural grass straws, testimonies from customers etc. and the blog articles have very few (sometimes none or 2) views over 3 years. The individuals have no active or credible LinkedIN profiles or are known for activities completely unrelated to the production of straws and the F&B industry, logistics, industry etc. The team leaders have apparently been funded recently for creating games and are also in this fund proposing in other categories such as translating Cardano education for Japanese audiences and it strikes me as a bit premature to trust the team with such a broad area of expertise or deep network of collaborators without any supporting documents or links that clearly demonstrate how the project and the individuals involved are a part of it. The 24 months roadmap contrasts with a period of 3 months that the funding is requested for, and make it highly likely that the project would require more funding to carry out any of the targets promised for the current funding round.

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I believe that with the experience in management and development of 5 team members and great passion for environmental protection, this proposal will definitely succeed. I really appreciate that the information about your team is very complete, this will help the community understand more deeply about you. In addition, the risks you raise may affect the development of your proposal and your solutions are also very creative. This I think the community will agree more with you guys.

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This proposal now has an actual product on the market, so the process of building the source of raw materials as well as manufacturing the product is still being done every day, be it cooperation or outsourcing order. With practical experience of having commercial products, if the proposal is funded, the ability to build a self-contained product production process is completely within the realm of possibility. Currently, grass straws are priced at $ 95 / 1,000 units of pipes; the reference price is at the Peagreen.global website, this is a high price compared to some other types of environmental protection straws such as rice straws, paper straws. If the proponent does not have a backup plan, the sales target of this proposal will be difficult to achieve the KPI when competing on price with the above two types of environmental protection straws. In my opinion, there should be more technical applications of Cardano such as managing workers, pastures, products by NFT, or users can trace the origin of grass straws on the Cardano blockchain, can refer to case study wine producers use Scantrust.com for traceability and anti-counterfeiting (See evidence: https://www.scantrust.com/case-study-baias-wine-anti-counterfeiting-and- supply-chain-awareness-on-the-Cardano-blockchain/). However, the proposal does not have any goals as I proposed above, the proposal only has a small part to integrate Coti's ADApay payment gateway into the website for users to buy grass straws. I give 4 points.

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Great for this proposal, I rarely see proposals that speak to their business model. In this project, you have come up with a perfect business model: from investing in creating raw materials to the production process to exporting and even reinvesting. A model of continuous production reinvestment for growth is a very good thing. Here I understand that for every ADA coin invested in the project, a green area will be grown, more jobs will be created and plastic straws will be replaced, what could be more wonderful when ADA creates a chain of such good values. Moreover, you have calculated the breakeven point for the project. It is very feasible in my opinion, 7-8 months, even 9-12 months for the breakeven point is also a successful project. I am a trader, so the breakeven point is very important and you have found this important point, in my opinion, it is the most important KPI for every investment project. You guys have been very detailed in your proposal, the budgets are clearly explained even talking about currency devaluation in production investment which I have not seen any business proposal talk about, plus point for you. The project development team has enough talent and experience, as I see it, has all the roles and responsibilities of the members involved in the project. They are capable of executing the project and doing something successfully.

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How the project will manage to sell out 100k grass straw while building the factory within the same period of 3 months is very questionable. The project might list a set of KPIs however, when it comes to progress report and whether it achieves the milestones, the team would have to elaborate better how the community would be able to see the project through and if there is any way of making this project more transparent in term of auditing. If the goal of this proposal is to reduce waste, increase Cardano adoption and benefit public interest, this proposal's potential to have such impact is minimal and should be reconsidered.

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I appreciate the idea of ​​this proposal, you have a very good mind, this project allows using ADA to pay for eco-friendly products. The information provided is complete and specific, based on which the CAs have a complete basis to evaluate the success of this project. If implemented successfully, it will bring a lot of positive impacts on the environment as well as the Cardano ecosystem: create more jobs for local people, which contribute to the growth of the local economy, land and water resources projection from climate change, creating a good mindset for those who want to apply for Cardano funding to develop other eco-friendly products,… . After watching the video you provided, I am really touched, plastic straws cause great harm to the environment, affecting the lives of marine creatures. I feel like I have to do something to solve the environmental problems around me. I completely trust your project, I hope in the future I will have the opportunity to try this product.

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The project has given measured indicators according to the timeline 1-3 months, 1-2 months… it's very specific and can be counted. In addition, the proposal also calculated the break-even point of the project as a producer. When the project sold nearly 700k natural grass straws. This is a very possible number when funded for this startup in Fund 8 Catalyst. At the same time, it also launched promotional campaigns calling for the community for the environment. I appreciate this.

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There are clarity and clear direction of this proposal. And the solution is align with the problem.

Nature is our responsible. For our generation and next gen. Keep it

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When asked if the proposal can be audited and if the team can be held accountable let's take a look at if they have given us key metrics and timelines for implementation. In regard to this, it does look like every step of their plan has been given both a timeline and key metrics that scale as the month goes on. For example, they even included break-even points for funding this proposal and becoming a self-sustaining business. This is not an average proposal that's a hobby but it seems that the team is taking climate action and removing plastics from the ocean seriously. You can read the passion through the proposal and passion gets stuff done and passion also sells. The nature of some of these metrics and milestones however are not so easily auditable. The export manifest can be published by the proposer but it will require time and effort from the team to ensure a progress audit. It's not like you can look up their website and see how many they have sold unless they have a public counter. Overall, however, there are many things that the team can do to improve the suitability quickly and I am excited to see their progress whether funded or not!

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This proposal has laid out the roadmap clearly, complete with KPIs and milestones for each month. They have a clear and understandable solution for the problem and clear success metrics into categories. The success of this proposal is can be objectively measured in the number of grass straws that have been produced and sold. Overall, a well-written proposal with the feasibility of being audited.

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The description of the targeted problem is very clear and specific. A clear roadmap is provided that breaks the project into two phases from 2022 to 2023: initial build and global campaign. Each phase takes place over two quarters. The specific tasks of each phase of the proposal are very clear and concrete regarding what the proposer will build. The timeline and KPI metrics describe success by count of local worker (expected 10 workers), number of grass straws selled out (expected 100 000 of grass straws to the market) etc. The proposer also pays attention to indicators that are difficult to measure such as the positive impacts on the environment, reduced amount of plastic straw waste. I strongly agree that this proposal provides complete and comprehensible information to assess the progress in attaining its stated goals.

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Project timelines are based on 1-2 month basis with concrete targets. KPIs presented in this project are sufficient to judge the progress of the project. The estimated investment cost calculation looks reasonable.

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Financial expenses show that you are experienced in financial management and are especially transparent about these expenses. I greatly appreciate this. In addition, the route you give is also very reasonable. I believe that you can completely complete this proposal.

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A link to Google sheets is provided that is inaccessible. It uses slogans like "win, win, win" and quantitative statements like "farmers have jobs" without providing metrics, quantifiable or auditable goals and targets.

Given the extremely short funded period of 3 months, there is no granularity and all the auditable targets are stated as "months 1-2", "months 1-3" etc. making it very difficult to have confidence in the project's success without receiving the full funding requested, or indeed those funds being used meaningfully. This also conflicts with the 24 months roadmap provided under Feasibility.

There is no business plan how to distribute the straws or which marketing and logistics channels are to be used, and the break-even calculation is not put into context or compared to alternatives.

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This proposal has a clear development roadmap from the preparation of raw materials, production, to market development. The budget is allocated in detail and reasonably for each item, typically such as: investment in raw materials, hiring local workers, investment in machinery and factories, marketing costs, etc. The proponent has used ClickUp, a project management, task management software to manage the tasks of each member as well as track the development of the proposal, through which it is possible to check the development of this proposal . I give 5 points.

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With the Cardano for Ocean (C4O) campaign Which you put out I will always support. The indicators to measure the development of the grass straw manufacturing business are fully established. Challenging risks or solutions to them are listed with many logical and factual arguments. Successful milestones of the project such as 3 months, 6 months, and 9-12 months of exporting and bringing straws to the market. I will also sign up to use your straws. It seems that you have everything ready, your website, product packaging, and advertising designs, you are one step ahead of success, it is admirable. You also specify: SDG rating Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development And Key Performance Indicator (KPI): Identify the right long-term goals of the project, I love this project so much, I hope you can give many substitutes for plastic straws.

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