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Written by Dana Sanchez
Thato Kgatlhanye, Founder, Repurpose School Bags Elle.co.za
Thato Kgatlhanye, Founder, Repurpose School Bags
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Thato Kgatlhanye, South Africa

Kgatlhanye, along with Rea Ngwane (who has since left the company), co-founded Repurpose School Bags. The company recycles plastic waste and creates plastic school bags, complete with a solar panel in the flap. The solar panel is charged throughout the day as kids walk to school, and allow students to have light at night for studying. Repurpose School Bags creates more than just a handy tool for students, however, and Kgatlhanye believes its impact goes further. “Seeing the kids believe that you can have waste and rubbish… (turned into) so much more – you get kids being interested in recycling, whereas before you’re in a rural area the concept of upcycling is a foreign concept. But when it comes in the form of a tangible product that helps you out – now kids are picking up litter around the community.”

Source: CNN.com