W.AFATE 3D Printer

Problem to be solved: Recycle E-Waste

Discarded electronic equipment is one of the world’s fastest-growing sources of waste. It already
is a huge environmental problem in Africa. The massive dump in the Agbogbloshie suburb of
Ghana alone collects hundreds of tons of discarded computers and other toxic e-waste from
Europe and the U.S. each month.

Impact:

Togolese inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou created the first 3D printer from electronic waste. Afate
built the printer for less than US$100, using rails and belts from old scanners, parts of discarded
desktop computers, and etc. from e-waste dumps. advocacy of recycling such waste for the
social and economic benefit of African households, schools and cyber-cafes.

Designer: Kodjo Afate Gnikou
URL: WAFATE
Country: Germany/Ghana
Year: —

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Bamboo Bicycle Modules

Problem to be solved: To Design Affordable Bicycles

By training rural Ghanaian communities in the art of bamboo bicycle manufacturing to provide an economic freedom, the root of Booomers lies not only innovative design but a social conscience with climate conscience with climate change mitigation and rural poverty alleviation among their primary goals.

Impact:

With a workshop building, about 20 young Ghanaian people were trained. The local bamboo is used for the frames. And all gains in Ghana are reinvested in social projects in the local communities. To produce high quality, affordable bamboo products which have both economic and social benefits to customers.

Designer: Booomers International
URL: boooomers.com
Country: Ghana
Year: 2012

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