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5 Pointers We Gained From Ziad Abi Chaker In the Social Entrepreneurship  Summit

The Social Entrepreneurship Summit, which was held last week on 22 and 23 March, hosted many of the most prominent entrepreneurs and speakers in the ecosystem, including  Ziad Abi Chaker,

Abi Chaker is the founder of Cedar environmental,  an environmental engineering organization that aims to build recycling plants to produce organically certified fertilizers and leave no waste material to be disposed of achieving ZERO WASTE to the landfill status.

“I’m very proud to be here, and I’m excited to share this session with you,” Abi Chaker told the audience.

What followed was a lengthy presentation on the Do’s and Dont’s of social entrepreneurship, and the reform needed in various fields, mainly education.


Ziad Abi Chaker at the Social Entrepreneurship Summit

Here are some key pointers we took from the session

1) The goal of social entrepreneurship (and the hardest thing about it) is to create impact while sustaining profitability.   

“An example of that is the latest initiative we’re working on, which is placing composting boxes on the street so that people can pick up their dog littlers,” Abi Chaker said. “But we still haven’t figured out a solution on how to make it profitable.”

   2) Differentiation is key if you want to be sustainable .

“There are copycats everywhere in the market. So people need to buy your product because they know that you’re making a difference somewhere in the world,” Abi Chaker said.


   3) Tap into your network, it’s very valuable and deep.

“We’re not talking about acquaintances here, but [about] people who can actually help you when you need help and have deep talks with you,” Abi Chaker said.

  4) It’s ok if you choose not to be a non-profit . 

You need not be ashamed of making money as a social enterprise, because this is how you sustain yourself and pay for the research and development you need for market research, Abi Chaker said.

  5) We need to re-invent the education system.

“Global leaders are debating now whether a college degree is worth investing your money in,” Abi Chaker said. (I never came close to cover what I personally invested in my university degrees, and I’m already a retired person)

One-on-one education is not enough, we need to get a culture that will keep us all connected and help in disseminating information in many ways, he added.

Don’t forget to keep posted on our future coverage!


Is our garbage crisis simply a waste management problem?

Are Politics Not the major factor in this catastrophe and the remaining major shortcomings?

If the garbage crisis is simply a waste management problem, why is it recurring?

If the garbage crisis is simply a waste management problem, why all our public facilities are run on catastrophic short-term solutions?

Why over $20 billion have been siphoned on our public electricity in the last 20 years and still relying on private providers, when $4 billion would have provided us 24/24?

Why we lack potable water at home?

Ziad Abi Chaker posted

I said it before and will keep on saying it until they finally listen

We don’t have a waste problem we have a management problem

Hopefully I will showcase very soon the first ever ZERO WASTE Municipal Recycling Facilty not just in Lebanon but in the middle east as well.

PS: for all those betting on the failure of the current recycling plans to adopt incineration as the last resort for the waste problem…

Dream on buddies

I promise you we will keep nothing for you to burn while giving Lebanese industries more raw materials to create more value for our local economy… فرص النفايات

Zero waste mission? Trash of three years fits into a jam jar?

Lauren Singer can fit all the trash she’s produced in three years into a jam jar.

At TEDxTeen, she explains what has inspired her mission to produce as little trash as possible — or no trash at all — what she calls a zero waste lifestyle.

“To me, living a zero waste lifestyle means that I don’t make any trash,” she says, “so no sending anything to a landfill, no sending anything into a garbage can and no spitting gum on the ground and walking away.”

Singer’s change of lifestyle came in college when she started to take note of how much plastic she threw away each day.

One night, making dinner, she had an epiphany: “I opened my fridge and noticed something I had never seen before: Every single thing in my fridge was one way or another covered in plastic.”

That night, she decided to quit plastic.

It wasn’t easy, she says. “When you think about your everyday life, you wake up in the morning, you brush your teeth. What is your toothbrush made of? Plastic.

What is your toothpaste packaged in? Your face wash, your moisturizer, your contact solution, so many things that are in our everyday lives are covered in plastic,” she says, “so I realized that if I was going to move away from plastic, the only way I was going to be able to do that was by learning to make my products myself.”

After quitting plastic, Singer went a step farther — she decided to go zero waste.

She learned to make toothpaste, lotion, deodorant. She stopped buying new products — whenever possible, she bought items secondhand.

She bought less things; she ate only things without packaging; she downsized her possessions.

For more on Singer’s zero waste mission, watch the whole talk below:

Insight from the TEDx office — why we like this talk:

The speaker delivers a clear, straightforward talk on her idea — recognizing the realities of how much waste each of us produce daily and how that affects the environment — using her experience of deciding to cut back on her own personal waste as an example.

She has a background in environmental studies and uses her knowledge of this to support her talk.




March 2023

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