Australian social enterprise Substation33 addresses electronic waste recycling by training disadvantaged people in proper disassembly and processing.
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Raina and Zaina Kanaan recycle bikes into customized sets of wheels, and, in the process, raise money for bicycles for children living in refugee camps.
Students at Australia’s CQUniversity designed a pallet house that’s not only easy to build, but can literally withstand hurricane force winds.
If you ran across someone defecating in the street, you’d probably call the police (and get a response from them). In India, however, this is a very common practice in rural areas: according to Joe Madiath of non-governmental organization Gram Vikas, 70% of Indians take care of “#2” right out in the open. This leads […]
Social enterprise Plastic Bank wants to turn plastic waste into a valuable commodity for the world’s poorest people.
Southwest Airlines’ Project LUV Seat not only upcycles waste leather into shoes & soccer balls, but also provides resources to social enterprises.
Fruitcycle makes its apple chips by gleaning leftover fruit from local orchards, ensuring this edible food doesn’t go to waste.
An awful lot of flip flops ended up discarded in the ocean. Kenyan company Ocean Sole gathers that waste from beaches & make products from it.
Two social enterprises in India are putting the very poor to work by reclaiming fallen palm leaves and animal poop, and using them as raw materials.
DREAM handmade sandals are a product produced by two social enterprises committed to empowering young Ugandan women & homeless individuals.
The very best solutions not only come up with a brilliant answer to an important problem, but often manage to help address other issues too. Here’s one that seems to fit that bill, pointed out to us by Izabella Kaminska. It’s called Plastic Bank.
New fashion start-up lur apparel plans to not only design and sell beautiful clothes made from recycled materials, but also to support women entrepreneurs in the developing world.
Technologies like solar-powered LED lights may seem like cool gadgets to those of us in the “first world”… but they’re necessary tools for combating poverty and poor health in the developing world.