At Goodbye Malaria we love to see young African entrepreneurs succeeding and making a difference, just like this incredible startup, Rethaka (Pty) Ltd. This for-profit, woman-owned business, based in Rustenburg, South Africa is a purpose-driven business that does what is right, not what is easy. Through their green innovations, they redefine societal problems into solutions. They make it their business to uncover sustainable opportunities that create a far-reaching impact for low-income communities, with a particular focus on children and women.
Most definitely our favourite innovation of theirs is the Repurpose Schoolbag; a recycled schoolbag that charges up during the day and transforms into a light so that children can study when they get home.
WHY WE LOVE IT:
1. 100% Recycled Plastic Bag Textile
Made from 100% plastic shopping bags, a child can carry their books in an eco-friendly, durable and trendy schoolbag. Rethaka has removed complexity and embraced necessity by recycling plastic shopping bags into a textile. They believe their plastic textile is a practical solution to the plastic pollution crisis. www.repurposeschoolbags.com says plastic pollution is estimated to be costing developing and industrialized nations up to $1.27 Billion annually as it threatens fishing, shipping and tourism
2. Extended Study Time
Did you know that 11,4million South African learners walk to school daily (source Parliament of South Africa*) and 3 children die daily on South African roads? (source: SANRAL). Rethaka’s innovative solar panel charges during the child’s walk to school and transforms into a solar lantern to study for up to 12 hours. This means increased working hours after dark with a safe renewable energy light source. With completed homework, educators can monitor the progress of their teaching. Rethaka believe that children should worry about calculating maths sums not the cost of purchasing kerosene and candles.
3. Safety and Visibility
The retro-relective material creates increased visibility of child pedestrians to motorists through the integration of retro-reflective material. Many children leave for school early in the morning and need to be more visible while walking. Rethaka believe that while the child looks right, left and right again, they’ll do so with a better chance of being visible and safe.
Find out more on www.repurposeschoolbags.com
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