Bringing To Plastic

Solving7 brings compelling and creative solutions to the problem of #7 plastic waste by recycling it into strong, durable Green Desks for learners in Africa.

Our company is a collective of amazing people striving to solve compelling problems.

Over the course of a few decades, the ubiquitous use of plastic has had an unprecedented impact on our environment. Our oceans are drowning in plastic and the consequences for our oceans, wildlife and ecosystems demand creative and compelling solutions.

Solving 7 is an NPC that creates sustainable and profitable value chains which solve some of the 21st Century’s most compelling problems creatively and effectively.

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Our Mission + Purpose

To facilitate the collection of #7 Multi Layer Flexible Film Packaging, and process this into sustainable end-use products for under-resourced communities across Africa. Our 3 main objectives are:

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Remove # 7 waste materials from the environment and prevent it from ending up as litter, or in landfills, incinerators, and the oceans.

Job Creation

Increase and create job opportunities along the whole waste value chain. Our vision lies in empowering more women throughout the value chain.

Recycling

Create sustainable end-use products that can benefit under resourced communities, such as The Green Desk.

Who We Are and What We Do

We are a 100% female managed & operated NPC. Our directors have between them over four (4) decades of experience in the non-profit & commercial sectors, both in South Africa and internationally.
We also have an advisory committee of prominent experts in diverse sectors of the economy, in both profit and non-profit capacities. We have also developed critical partnerships in the waste collecting and processing value chains.

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DIRECTOR

Nabila Wissanji has over 20 years of experience in economic and community development as well as in public health and has a passion for environmental conservation and social upliftment.

She has worked in the non-profit, government and private sectors. She has an MSc in Economics from SOAS in the UK, and a Masters in Management (in Public & Development Management) from Wits Business School in South Africa.

Sophia Ladha

DIRECTOR

Sophia Ladha, a committed social development advocate, brings over 25 years of experience in leading and managing development projects across the globe.

As the Country Director for an NGO in South Africa, she managed multi-million dollar projects and was responsible for over 70 staff. Ms. Ladha  has an MSc in Population & International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in the USA.

The Problem of Plastic

“Breaking the Plastic Wave,” a global analysis using first-of-its kind modelling, shows that we can cut annual flows of plastic into the ocean by about 80% in the next 20 years by applying existing solutions and technologies. No single solution can achieve this goal; rather, we break the plastic wave only by taking immediate, ambitious, and concerted actions.

The Opportunity from Plastic

The African education system is characterised by crumbling infrastructure, overcrowded classrooms and relatively poor educational outcomes. According to a new report developed by Amnesty International, this perpetuates Inequality. Solving 7 have partnered with Industry-leading recyclers to produce a GREEN DESK from recycled Number 7 plastic.

South Africa

An estimated 350,000 learners do not have access to a desk at school or home in South Africa. 

Africa

An estimated 95 million learners do not have access to a desk at school or home in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Inequality

Amnesty International study reports growing inequality perpetuated by lack of school desks and infrastructure. 

To facilitate the collection of #7 Multi Layer Flexible Film Packaging, and process this into sustainable end-use products for under-resourced communities across Africa. Our 3 main objectives are:

Benefit 1

Grades improve by a minimum of 20% when learners have their own desktop to work and learn.

Benefit 2

Amnesty International estimate a significant drop in inequality when learners have a desk top.

Benefit 3

Green Desks are rugged, tough and durable with 15 times greater lifetime application than traditional school desks. 

With deep gratitude to the following sponsors and partners, we are able to convert #7 plastic into desks.

Converting Number 7 Plastic into resilient, durable and reliable Green Desks

With the help of generous sponsors, recycling innovation, and our partnerships across Africa, we are able to recycle Number 7 Plastic Film waste into resilient and reliable Green Desks across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. There are an estimated shortage of 95 Million desks in Sub-Saharan Africa. With your help, we aim to provide millions of desks across Africa.

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How can you help? 

  1. Contribute a grant and become a founding member of some exciting initiatives.
  2. Directly sponsor Green Desks. Every $100 donation secures a desk for 2 children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. Co-sponsorship initiatives and opportunities.
  4. Sponsor logistical elements of getting desks to kids.
  5. Let us know if you’d like to be a part of the program.

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Monday: 9am to 5pm

Weekend: Closed

Address

Fourways Office Park,

Fourways, Johannesburg