The Desk

Processed from #7 Multi Film Flexible Plastic

"Solving7 have partnered with some of Africa's most progressive companies to help convert #7 Plastic into resilient, reliable Green Desks." - Sophia Ladha

We have established critical partnerships with industry leaders such as Phambili Services, a specialist polymer recycling company and the Wild Trust – specialists at each step of the value chain – to upcycle Number 7 Plastic Flexible Film into a Green Desk that serves 2 to 3 children in Africa.

More about the Green Desk

The Green Desk Project has been prototyped in South Africa via The Wild Trust and participating schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal and The Western Cape. Proof of concept has been established and proven, from concept to end-user application.

60KGs #7 Plastic Upcycled

Each Green Desk is made from 60kgs of #7 plastic film waste and is comprised of a desk surface for 2 students with an attached bench.

600,000Kgs Waste Upcycled

For every 10,000 desks made, 600,000 kgs of waste will be prevented from entering landfills, being incinerated or ending up in the rivers and oceans.

Impact on Litter

This translates into 120 million pieces of litter/waste per 10,000 desks

The Benefit of the Green Desk

The Green Desk solves 3 problems. Pollution. Poor Infrastructure. Unemployment in Africa. By creating a circular economy, Solving7 provide creative and sustainable solutions to all 3 sectors.

Over the course of a few decades, the ubiquitous use of plastic has had an unprecedented impact on our environment and ecosystems.

Our oceans are drowning in plastic and the consequences for our wild life, oceans and ecosystems demand creative and compelling solutions.

Solving7 is an NGO that solves some of the 21st Century’s most compelling problems with recycling and upcycling solutions that create and nurture value chains throughout the entire Waste economy.

Our first project has been to upcycle #7 Plastic into tough, durable Green Desks that serve underprivileged and under-resourced communities in both South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Proof of concept has been delivered to a number of schools in South Africa via the Wild Trust and our next batch of desks are shipping soon.

The Green Desk

Each Green Desk is made from 60kgs of #7 plastic film waste and is comprised of a desk surface for 2 students with an attached bench.

Opportunity

For every 10,000 desks made, 600,000 kgs of waste will be prevented from entering landfills, being incinerated or ending up in the rivers and oceans.

Feature

The desks are tough, durable and easy to maintain. Superior life and total cost of ownership.

Benefit 1

The desks fill a vital gap in the education system whilst addressing a critical environmental problem with #7 Multi-layered plastic pollution.

Benefit 2

Over and above the literacy and academic improvements, students also experience a sense of dignity and worth, creating high positive impact and change. 

Feature

Each desk has a flip top that can be printed with relevant health and educational messaging.

Waste Collection Gallery

The Waste Collection, Sorting and Conversion Process

With gratitude to the following sponsors and partners, Solving7 provide Green Desks to kids in 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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