I bet your answer is that “waste” is everything that no longer has a use or purpose and needs to be disposed of. What if I told you that you are wrong!!!
The truth is, none of us asks the most important question: Where does this “waste” go after it has been disposed of? The answer is that this “waste” ends up in our drainages causing blockage, water contamination, air pollution and sometimes end up in our water bodies causing the death of marine life; the list goes on. Waste management has become a need not a want. It is absolutely necessary for us to embrace techniques that will help us manage our waste effectively by introducing the concept of circular economy.
What is circular economy?
A circular economy (often referred to as “circularity”) is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources through recycling. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment and infrastructure in use for longer, thus improving the productivity of these resources.
The LEAP² challenge:
LEAP² is a challenge that enables innovations to jump the digital divide and LEAP to the next level. Closing the digital divide means the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for economic development. The challenge aims to facilitate the digital transition, create (self-) employment and promote socially responsible entrepreneurship in emerging countries.
The launch of LEAP² Innovative Light & Circular Economy challenge:
This particular Leap, targeted innovations around circularity (Renewable energy and waste recycling) in the coastal region. The challenge targeted businesses that are achieving tangible, social and environmental impact while still making profits. Out of the 39 compelling entries, 10 innovations made it to the top 10 and after 2 days of training, all the 10 entrepreneurs were able to successfully register their innovations online to begin their Crowdfunding campaigns on 3rd October 2019. The goal of this initiative is enable innovators raise funds to boost their businesses through crowdfunding and then get a match fund of up to $ 2,000.
Here are the 10 innovations that were selected to participate in the challenge:
- Tena pads Initiative
A social enterprise that produces reusable pads and distribute’s them with the goal of levelling the playing field for girls in rural areas who are unable to easily access sanitary pads.
2. Trash to Cash
A social project in Mukuru kwa Ruben, they are working to clean the environment by collecting trash, segregating it and then selling reusable waste to manufacturers.
3. Smart Bin Electric Generator
A portable bin that sorts and processes the litter/waste and convert’s it to electricity which can be used for lighting in your home.
4. Call main hatchery
A digital solar egg incubator that hatches eggs in bulk using solar energy. They are trying to solve the challenge of unemployment.
5. Nywele Chapaa
Recycles waste Hair additions and weaves to make products such as floor mats, rags and carpets that can be sold. These products have a longer shelf life as they do not easily decompose.
Produces ethanol from coconut husks that can be used in lighting at home with the goal of reducing air pollution.
7. Plastic Bottle Bulbs
Solar circuit bulbs that are made from plastic bottles. The bulbs use solar energy.
Portable biogas plants that decomposes organic waste to form methane gas for cooking which has low air pollution. Brings a clean environment through recycling of waste. You will no longer need to buy gas anymore as you will be producing it at home.
9. Waste incinerator water heater.
Innovation that helps in waste management at generation point (domestic level) through incineration technology to cut down on the cost of waste transportation and reduce the volume of waste that may end up in landfill sites.
10. Eco-fish tannery
Converting fish skin into leather, using plants compounds. Using fish scales for production of interior decoration materials.
For more information visit the leap2 website; https://leap-2.com/en/projects