ENERGY GLOBE
Republic of Korea

ENERGY GLOBE
Republic of Korea

WINNER:
CORNSOX

With the Project:
Corn Donation / Corny Doll Project

Cornsox, a South Korean company, is making socks and donating sock dolls to help children achieve psychological stability. The donations are made in regions where natural disasters and civil war have destroyed the social infrastructure meant for children. This project is also implemented in 24 developing countries around the world and it is divided into four categories: water, education, food and health care. The dolls are stuffed with corn seeds to enable the users to plant corn when the doll is worn out.

INITIAL SITUATION

The textile industry’s environmental impact is second to the oil industry, accounting for 20% of the water pollution from industrial water worldwide. In addition, 132 million tons of coal and 9 trillion tons of water are used for the production processes each year. Furthermore, the textile industry contributes to massive land and water pollution as 25% of the pesticides used around the world are used to produce cotton, thereby threatening the environment and human health.

SOLUTION

Socks and dolls are donated to poor communities in regions in Burkina Faso who are are facing social challenges and are in need of a corn farm. It is an initiative that improves agriculture while reducing the textile industry's carbon footprint. Two pairs of socks can be made from one corn. When these two pairs of socks are sold, 34 corns can be produced again on a small farm in Africa. In addition, the corn products can biodegrade naturally within six months to a year when they are buried in the ground.

INNOVATION

Fibres are extracted from corn in order to make products of social value for poor communities. The extracted raw material from corn is called poly lactic acid fibre. This material is developed as an alternative to synthetic fibres produced from petroleum, and its physical properties are in-between those of nylon and polyester, making it eco-friendly and capable of regenerating raw materials for the textile industry.

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