Spurred by their passion for sustainability, Ong Kai Lin (left) and Wong Sok Wei came up with their winning idea to produce environmentally friendly leather from fermented tea waste.
Team Suskin, comprising of third-year students from the School of Management and Communication, Wong Sok Wei and Ong Kai Lin, bagged two awards at the Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow competition. The duo from Diploma in Consumer Behaviour & Research are winners of the Grand Prize Champion and People’s Choice Award.
Solve for Tomorrow is Samsung’s global contest, designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The competition challenges youth, from polytechnics and junior colleges, to demonstrate how STEM technological solutions can help improve their local community and impact their surroundings.
Mentored by lecturer, Ms Amanda Cheok, Team Suskin presented its innovative idea of offering high quality sustainable leather. With their own recipe and processes, the team took waste materials from fermented tea and converted it into leather — one that is ethically sourced, durable, and produces less carbon footprint.
The panel of judges were impressed with their innovative idea and presentation. One of the judges, Mr Richard Koh, Chief Technology of Microsoft Singapore commented, “I learned a lot from the both of you about sustainability and the environment. I have a friend in San Francisco who produces leather bags. I want to connect you both”.
Spurred by their passion for sustainability, the team believes that, “together, we can change the world — one sustainable product at a time”.