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Build_Eco, Planet Care in Play: Educational Toys

Debbie, Donaldson and Syafiqah, Mohd Nor and Chand, Aneesh A. and Prasad, Kushal A. and Pim, Kelderman and Shristy, Sharma Neupane and Baruwa, Morenikeji Sulaiman and Makinwa, Temiloluwa Solomon (2019) Build_Eco, Planet Care in Play: Educational Toys. [Creative Works]

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One of the biggest global challenges is the ability to separate the level of materials consumed from the growth of the economy. Consequently economic growth is linked to increased waste generated across the planet. Waste management warrants the attention of passionate and co-creative design by people from different levels of living standards. With rural residents seeking the better lifestyle of their urban counterpart’s, the United Nations estimates that 80% of South Africa’s population will be urbanised by 2050. Poverty in apartheid era townships, inner cities and informal settlements is visibly growing an existing divide between poorer communities and households that generate the bulk of waste in South Africa. The measurement of waste management performance is an important first step as highlighted South Africa’s state of waste report (first draft) 2018. Forty two million tons of waste is produced annually and only 11% is recycled This quote summarises the challenge: “... Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals. Unity is our path. Our future depends on it,” Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Build-Eco, a social-entrepreneurial business dedicated to creating educational toys from waste materials. The driving goal is to implement a global opportunity in response to a global problem. With plastic packaging responsible for 40% of plastic waste, it has a serious impact on environmental health and safety across eco-systems. With minimal capital outlay Clean-Ups is a product that provides a bridge between lifestyles across communities. A home industry well suited to individuals seeking self employment opportunities where they can use their hands and don’t have to incur expensive equipment and machinery costs. Ideal for youth, women, immigrants and other marginalised members of communities. With cleaning materials, glue, nontoxic paints, plastic household waste and plastic medication like containers; a business is possible. A key risk is the “quality” locus of control and people skills of each person joining the industry hub. The overall business is scalable and whilst theoretical viable, should be tested through a small scale pilot. The target market is more affluent members of society including young parents, grandparents and business care givers of children that actively invest in useful, educational toys. These care givers want to give children access to classic proven toys, which contribute to caring for the planet.

Item Type: Creative Works
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: Aneesh Chand
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 01:07
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 23:35

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