Hello, I'm David from Ecuador, and I've been deeply immersed in decentralized technologies since 2018. My focus has always been on sustainable and green applications within the web3 ecosystem. During this journey, I've discovered some remarkable possibilities, from solar power tokenization to innovative solutions for recycling plastic bottles using blockchain technology.
As I ventured further into the world of decentralized tech, I came across Rafiki and the Interledger Protocol (ILP). While web3 holds immense promise, it's clear that there are several entry barriers for everyday users, such as wallet management and user-friendliness. However, ILP brings forth intriguing features that simplify both implementation and use. One such feature that I absolutely love is how effortless it makes transferring money—almost as simple as sending an email.
One of my latest endeavors is a project called Rezy. This project recently received recognition at the Fantom Foundation Hackathon in Q1 2023. Rezy is a recycling rewards program built on blockchain technology, and its primary goal is to encourage the recycling of PET (Plastic Bottles), all through a web browser—an idea that might sound audacious but holds immense potential.
Here's a glimpse into how Rezy operates:
Scan the Barcode: When someone wishes to recycle a bottle, they simply scan the bottle's barcode.
Earn Rewards: This action registers the bottle and rewards the individual based on the number of bottles they provide.
Track and Pickup: The collected bottles are sealed in a tracked bag, ready for pickup by recycling companies or individuals.
Get Paid: People involved in this process only need a payment pointer to receive payment from the recycling company. It's somewhat akin to web monetization but without constant micropayments streaming in; instead, payments are cleared on specific events, such as scanning a bottle.
The current practice of recycling in Latin America involves significant safety and health risks for those working on waste-strewn streets. Rezy aims to provide a safer alternative by allowing people to recycle from the comfort of their homes, using an ILP wallet and Rafiki as the backbone of the system. There will a robust underlying infrastructure to ensure the system operates smoothly.There's a whole economy that can be built around plastic recycling and could benefit thousands of people in thousands of communities.
In future posts, I will provide more detailed information about this innovative concept that I am eager to share with the community. Stay tuned for updates! I have a demo, and I'm in the process of adapting it to work with ILP. Patience is key here. :)