Team Lighthouse

Bogor, Indonesia

Our Team

Our Facebook Page #Social / Published January 19, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Our Facebook Page #Social

https://www.facebook.com/The-Lighthouse-TFF-1165386680177032/

Here's our Facebook Page!

Pitch / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Pitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls6bOzbCLZA

Our team's official pitch!

Concept Video / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Concept Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiRDcV9hQtM

Our team's concept video!

References / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

References

References:
● Caprio, Leonardo Di. "Before the Flood." The Science Is Clear, the Future Is Not. Before the Flood, 08 Sept. 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016. <https://www.beforetheflood.com/>
● Halim, Nurul Iffah. "SYNTHESIS OF BACTERIAL CELLULOSE BY Acetobacter Xylinum Sp. USING PINEAPPLE PITH FOR BIOCOMPOSITE APPLICATION." (2010): 1-26. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.
● Kongruang S. "Bacterial Cellulose Production by Acetobacter Xylinum Strains from Agricultural Waste Products." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2008. Web. 25 Mar. 2016.
● Lytle, Claire Le Guern. “WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY: THE GREAT PLASTIC TIDE.” Coastal Care, Santa Aguila Foundation, Apr. 2016, plastic-pollution.org/.
● Merlita, Ria. "Fermentasi Nata De Coco." Academia. Academia, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2016.
● Muthu, Subramanian Senthilkannan. Environmental Implications of Recycling and
Recycled Products. 1st ed. New York: Springer, 2015. Print.
● Sutanto, Agus. "Pineapple Liquid Waste As Nata De Pina Raw Material."MAKARA of
● Technology Series MST 16.1 (2012): 63-67. Academia. Web. 19 Mar. 2016.
● Suarti, Budi, Aswan Riadi, and Taufik. "Studi Pembuatan Nata Dari Kulit Pisang (Nata
De Banana Skin)." Jurnal Ilmu Pertanian. Agrium, Apr. 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.
● Syamsir, Riky. "Mempelajari Kondisi Optimum Aktivitas Acetobacter Xylinum Dalam
● Pembuatan Nata De Banana Skin." Repository Universitas Andalas. Repository
Universitas Andalas, 11 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 March 2016.
● Ronda, Rainier Allan. "15-year-old Wins Award for Biodegradable Plastic Bags."
Headlines. Philstar Global, 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.
● Roy, Ipsita, Pooja Basnett, Guneet Kaur, and Ranjana Rai. Visiting Reader, Imperial
College, London Main Focus of Current Research (2014): 2-26. FoodWasteNet. Imperial College London, 2014. Web. 5 Dec. 2016. <http://www.foodwastenet.org/media/1028/roy.pdf>.
● Vaessen, Step. “Indonesia: Plastic Tax to Curb Rubbish Dumped in Rivers.” Aljazeera, Aljazeera, 15 Sept. 2016.
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Solution to Pre-existing Issue / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Solution to Pre-existing Issue

The focused problem I achieve to solve is the catastrophically harmful plastic pollution in Indonesia, especially in the notorious Citarum River located in West Java. It is massive in size, as it spans 300 kilometers and is the third longest river in Java, followed by Brantas and Bengawan Solo river. Furthermore, it is the source of life and food for the inhabitants near the river. In its former pristine condition, it was considered as one of the places where early human civilization flourished and thrived, especially in the 4th Century and earlier. The Citarum River was the main source of clean water supply, hydroelectricity, sewerage, agriculture, and many other life-sustaining activities.

However, as time progressed and globalization covered all four corners of the earth, man’s greed for comfort, ease and money rapidly grew, hence local inhabitants desecrated the life-providing river, and started polluting it with mainly plastics. Due to the cheapness of plastics, the local near the river started disposing their waste plastic products in the river, and because of the Non-biodegradable property of today’s petroleum-based plastics, the plastic that were disposed floated everlastingly in the river. Moreover, to make the situation worse nearby textile factories in Cimahi and Bandung routed their toxic waste to this river for disposing their bulk amount of waste byproducts. The waste that were disposed by the companies includes dangerous mercury, arsenic, lead and other harmful toxins.

Subsequently, to emphasize this catastrophic issue to the Indonesian government and people of the world, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) measured the amount of plastics in the Citarum River several times. They concluded that the increase in plastic litter is significantly growing, as when the difference between the result of the testing between 1994 and 2008, is a massive 126% increase in waste. They also found out that the in 2008 the top 3 items that was found in the river were “cigarette butts, plastic bags, and plastic food wrappers/containers” (Lytle). To wrap it all up, the total plastic waste floating in the Citarum River is approximately 187 million tons and it is constantly rising (Vaessen).

The situation reached its climax on late 2008, when the Asian Development Bank declared the river as the world’s dirtiest river, and provided a loan of $500 million just for cleaning revitalizing the severely contaminated river. Moreover, the whole cleaning process costed $4 billion (Rp 35 trillion), and thought huge funding were provided by the government, the river is not fully cleaned, even until today. After analyzing and filtering the trash disposed in the river, it was justified that the huge magnitude of this issue was mainly caused by petroleum- based plastics. This massive and continuous littering was not only caused by uneducated locals near the river, but also educated companies and industries.

Therefore, through this project, local ecosystems can be preserved due to the harmless, biodegradable nature of the bioplastics being produced. Moreover, the aforesaid persistent issue in Citarum River could be solved/tacked through the dispersion and distribution of cost-efficient bioplastics to local communities via the project.

Our Mission

We dream of a more sustainable Earth, which everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, can live happily in. We don’t want to live in a world where there is inequality, where some people can enjoy their lives while others suffer. Such a scenario can be seen in terms of food distribution and consumption. There exists a large disproportion between those who can eat at least three meals a day and those who can barely have a full meal. It is therefore imperative for us to address this issue through participating in this project! Our team name, Lighthouse, speaks a lot about our mission. We seek to provide a guiding light; we want to lead the change and innovation that would take place through the TFF Challenge – the one that will end world hunger.

Our Background

Team Lighthouse consists of five awesome people, four of which are from Pelita Harapan Sentul City School in Indonesia! We have Otilingam S. Prem Anand, Darius Pane, Abelhard Jauwena, and sisters Sherni and Sherri Makhijani. The only university student in our roster is Sherni, which is a valuable addition to our team due to her experiences at college. Put it simply, the reason why we join the TFF Challenge is because we care. We care about solving world hunger, because we know the adverse effects of living in constant hunger (poor nutrition, improper growth, and death, just to name a few horrible things). We care about the sustainability of our Earth and the people that live in it. Also, we want to ensure that our children and grandchildren live happier than we do now. To provide an innovative solution to end world hunger, we want to create edible bioplastics using nata de coco, nata de banana, and nata de pina skin, produced by fermenting coconut water, pineapple juice, and banana peels using the bacterium Acetobacter Xylinum. These bioplastics would be used to package foods and commercial products. Our solution not only tackles world hunger, but also waste management and environmental sustainability!

Our Facebook Page #Social / Published January 19, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Our Facebook Page #Social

https://www.facebook.com/The-Lighthouse-TFF-1165386680177032/

Here's our Facebook Page!

Pitch / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Pitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls6bOzbCLZA

Our team's official pitch!

Concept Video / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Concept Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiRDcV9hQtM

Our team's concept video!

References / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

References

References:
● Caprio, Leonardo Di. "Before the Flood." The Science Is Clear, the Future Is Not. Before the Flood, 08 Sept. 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016. <https://www.beforetheflood.com/>
● Halim, Nurul Iffah. "SYNTHESIS OF BACTERIAL CELLULOSE BY Acetobacter Xylinum Sp. USING PINEAPPLE PITH FOR BIOCOMPOSITE APPLICATION." (2010): 1-26. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.
● Kongruang S. "Bacterial Cellulose Production by Acetobacter Xylinum Strains from Agricultural Waste Products." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2008. Web. 25 Mar. 2016.
● Lytle, Claire Le Guern. “WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY: THE GREAT PLASTIC TIDE.” Coastal Care, Santa Aguila Foundation, Apr. 2016, plastic-pollution.org/.
● Merlita, Ria. "Fermentasi Nata De Coco." Academia. Academia, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2016.
● Muthu, Subramanian Senthilkannan. Environmental Implications of Recycling and
Recycled Products. 1st ed. New York: Springer, 2015. Print.
● Sutanto, Agus. "Pineapple Liquid Waste As Nata De Pina Raw Material."MAKARA of
● Technology Series MST 16.1 (2012): 63-67. Academia. Web. 19 Mar. 2016.
● Suarti, Budi, Aswan Riadi, and Taufik. "Studi Pembuatan Nata Dari Kulit Pisang (Nata
De Banana Skin)." Jurnal Ilmu Pertanian. Agrium, Apr. 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.
● Syamsir, Riky. "Mempelajari Kondisi Optimum Aktivitas Acetobacter Xylinum Dalam
● Pembuatan Nata De Banana Skin." Repository Universitas Andalas. Repository
Universitas Andalas, 11 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 March 2016.
● Ronda, Rainier Allan. "15-year-old Wins Award for Biodegradable Plastic Bags."
Headlines. Philstar Global, 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.
● Roy, Ipsita, Pooja Basnett, Guneet Kaur, and Ranjana Rai. Visiting Reader, Imperial
College, London Main Focus of Current Research (2014): 2-26. FoodWasteNet. Imperial College London, 2014. Web. 5 Dec. 2016. <http://www.foodwastenet.org/media/1028/roy.pdf>.
● Vaessen, Step. “Indonesia: Plastic Tax to Curb Rubbish Dumped in Rivers.” Aljazeera, Aljazeera, 15 Sept. 2016.
22

Solution to Pre-existing Issue / Published January 15, 2017 by Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand

Solution to Pre-existing Issue

The focused problem I achieve to solve is the catastrophically harmful plastic pollution in Indonesia, especially in the notorious Citarum River located in West Java. It is massive in size, as it spans 300 kilometers and is the third longest river in Java, followed by Brantas and Bengawan Solo river. Furthermore, it is the source of life and food for the inhabitants near the river. In its former pristine condition, it was considered as one of the places where early human civilization flourished and thrived, especially in the 4th Century and earlier. The Citarum River was the main source of clean water supply, hydroelectricity, sewerage, agriculture, and many other life-sustaining activities.

However, as time progressed and globalization covered all four corners of the earth, man’s greed for comfort, ease and money rapidly grew, hence local inhabitants desecrated the life-providing river, and started polluting it with mainly plastics. Due to the cheapness of plastics, the local near the river started disposing their waste plastic products in the river, and because of the Non-biodegradable property of today’s petroleum-based plastics, the plastic that were disposed floated everlastingly in the river. Moreover, to make the situation worse nearby textile factories in Cimahi and Bandung routed their toxic waste to this river for disposing their bulk amount of waste byproducts. The waste that were disposed by the companies includes dangerous mercury, arsenic, lead and other harmful toxins.

Subsequently, to emphasize this catastrophic issue to the Indonesian government and people of the world, the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) measured the amount of plastics in the Citarum River several times. They concluded that the increase in plastic litter is significantly growing, as when the difference between the result of the testing between 1994 and 2008, is a massive 126% increase in waste. They also found out that the in 2008 the top 3 items that was found in the river were “cigarette butts, plastic bags, and plastic food wrappers/containers” (Lytle). To wrap it all up, the total plastic waste floating in the Citarum River is approximately 187 million tons and it is constantly rising (Vaessen).

The situation reached its climax on late 2008, when the Asian Development Bank declared the river as the world’s dirtiest river, and provided a loan of $500 million just for cleaning revitalizing the severely contaminated river. Moreover, the whole cleaning process costed $4 billion (Rp 35 trillion), and thought huge funding were provided by the government, the river is not fully cleaned, even until today. After analyzing and filtering the trash disposed in the river, it was justified that the huge magnitude of this issue was mainly caused by petroleum- based plastics. This massive and continuous littering was not only caused by uneducated locals near the river, but also educated companies and industries.

Therefore, through this project, local ecosystems can be preserved due to the harmless, biodegradable nature of the bioplastics being produced. Moreover, the aforesaid persistent issue in Citarum River could be solved/tacked through the dispersion and distribution of cost-efficient bioplastics to local communities via the project.

Our Team

Our Mission

We dream of a more sustainable Earth, which everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, can live happily in. We don’t want to live in a world where there is ...Read More

Our Background

Team Lighthouse consists of five awesome people, four of which are from Pelita Harapan Sentul City School in Indonesia! We have Otilingam S. Prem Anand, Darius Pane, Abelhard ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.