WHAT WE DO
Waste is not waste until you waste it
The Plastic waste disposal in Uganda is increasing. It is estimated that 600 tons of plastic are disposed off in Uganda daily.
Kampala city alone accounts for the vast chunk of plastic waste, which is littered all over the city and clogging the sewage systems. About 51% of the plastic garbage in the city is left uncollected and ends up in drainage channels, wetlands, natural water sources, manholes, undeveloped plots and on the roadside. In the rural areas, it is a sad story; plastic garbage in most cases left to decompose on its own.
Reform Africa is changing this: We are transforming plastic waste into sustainable, waterproof and durable bags.
HOW WE DO IT
Production starts from collecting the plastic bags from dumpsites. This is done by a team of over 20 marginalized women and youths who we pay a fair rate compared to what middlemen pay. More than 1,500kg of plastic is collected every month.
After collecting, the women sort and wash the plastic getting rid of any dirt and mud before drying it in the sun.
With a unique technique, we are fusing the plastic to its final material. One final Reform bag is made out of 15 plastic bags. With different colours of plastic bags, we are able to design unique colours & patterns – so each and every bag is unique.
When the material is ready, our tailors cut it into different patterns and designs according to various specifications. We make backpacks, shopping bags, cross bags or smaller toiletry kits. For every bag our tailors make sure to fulfill our claim of high-quality products.