Project Vision: To augment Kenya’s position as the economic and political leader for Eastern Africa by attracting eco-industry firms that will work with Kenyans to increase Kenyan GDP while protecting the environment and repairing any damages caused.
Local Partner: Centre for Science and Technology Innovations (Nairobi, Kenya)
Call for action (created by participants):
"We cannot be serious about comprehensive approaches unless we use Value Chain Management. This means we need to define the complete cycle from A to Z including:
Players involved, Types of consumers, Amount of product available (e.g. waste output by type by household).
The Development Agenda21 database can be a resource for data.
We need public awareness on the issues from point of origin to final destination. An examination of what products can be made available for By-Product Synergy must be undertaken. As an example, we currently have a problem with the disposal of used motor oil. An estimated 22.5million litres a year of used motor oil are improperly dumped into the ground and water systems with 78% of this dumping originating from matatus. We need to focus on both ends of the problem:
– Before the Problem=Prevention
– After the Problem=Remediation
What are the requirements at each step of the Value Chain?"
Creating Green Gold Opportunities in Midori Kenya
In 2008 we were approached by the Lake Region Mining Community in Migori District, Kenya. The community had discovered enough gold reserves for artisinal mining and wanted to know how to mitigate and reduce the toxic effects of gold extraction (mercury & arsenic). They also wanted low cost tools for extraction.
We identified resources and they are now pursuing Fair Trade certification.
Lake Region Mining Community Contact:
Community Business // '08 +
Eco-Industry Workshop // '07
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
- African Proverb
Corporate Social Responsibility can be profitable and ethical! // CSR
Belief: Corporate Social Responsibility should not be an add-on, it should be an integrated and strategic part of business operations. Small and Mid-sized businesses can make a BIG impact by teaming under recognized frameworks.
Big companies have been using tools to accomplish this and it works. An example from Pfizer. Now to apply these tools to the unique needs of small and mid-sized businesses. It's more than just downsizing scale, it is accounting for resource availability. Example, if there are 5,000 people in a company and 15 in the R&D department, 2 can be spared to work on green product development. In a company that only has 15 people and where these 15 people already need 10 more to keep up with the workload, green product development is something very much wanted but there is a HUGE time constraint.
The solution, using operational excellence tools like Lean Six Sigma to make work processes flow quicker and easier frees up time and allows for the pursuit of new and exciting things with the same 15 people.
Here are more details [aka LinkedIn Articles]:
Stay tuned as this builds....
Online Playground for Sustainable BOM Management // Collaboration
We're super excited to invite you to discuss the future of green and sustainable manufacturing!
Our production technology has finally advanced to where we can finally talk of manufacturing as a service (MaaS). No worries, manufacturing is not turning into a desk job! What MaaS does mean is that the customer becomes the driver for production. Here is a 4:47min explanatory video for those who want a deeper dive on the business transformation issues. At the "surface level," little (yet difficult) changes have been coming along.
Produce Just In Time (JIT) or Agile production: this is where we reduce waste by breaking up the large batch process into smaller modular components so we make sure each component only gets produced when the customer wants it and in the quantity required. The goal is to eliminate all those excess units we box up as inventory because this way it looks better than piling up on our production floor (same trick women use when we've bought too many shoes and don't want our husbands to realize there's no octopus in the house). With Maas, instead of avoiding angry husbands, I mean customers, we focus on customer delight. What is the optimal number and variety I can produce (buy) in order to stay within the specified budget, create value (example look spectacular with all outfits), meet needs (eg comfortable feet that can move about for hours) and be sustainable (eg change often enough to keep up with fashion but not so often that a whole new set of shoes is needed every six months).
As you can see, we start to think about materials in a whole different way! But wait, we're not done....Instead of just producing based on specifications (eg 30 pairs of trendy 5 inch heels with rubber soles and sneaker feel), we engage as a community to discuss the purpose of shoes - can you create a video that show how much effort and materials go into making the shoes so when I go to the store and trigger the inventory pull system I only buy what I need instead of 2 extras for "just in case" which end up getting thrown away?
Wait, not done....we can go even further! We can start planning for the environment. You know, that funny story about how those shoes make fabulous flower pots (see #12), we can create global exchanges not just for shoe donations but for those who say, I'd do that with 10 of my pairs tomorrow and gladly pay if someone could just do it for me! We could also share news about how materials are being sourced to make sure the materials are conflict free and all parts of the supply chain use fair labor standards (this is already in the early stages as we move from bar codes to Next Generation Product Identification aka NGPI 6:11min video).
Imagine the possibilities! As a teensy firm, Global Ectropy cannot be all over the world having these conversations but we can invite manufacturers (and customers, including B2B) from all over the world into our online space. Think of those fun leisurely chats you have with that friend who always finds a way to support your crazy ideas on how to make the world a better place....After talking, you sometimes wish you could keep the conversation going not just with your friend but with others who are interested in the same thing. This is the goal of our LinkedIn network. FREE asynchronous conversations that empower you to build the dream!
Join us on LinkedIn at Global Ectropy - Sustainabe BOM Management Network and Be the Change!
3D Printed Food Packaging // '16 +
We are calling our newest project the
Muumba Network aka Maker Network.
The project focuses on R&D prototyping plus training using 3D printing based on local natural materials and traditional designs for micro-manufacturing.
We are starting with natural fiber thermoplastics applied to food & beverage packaging. This will enable small holder farmers to reduce food waste because they will be able to package their produce at the source.
Muumba Network is a collaboration of
Global Ectropy http://www.globalectropy.com
Centre for Science and Technology Innovation http://www.csti.or.ke
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology http://www.jooust.ac.ke
University of Nairobi Maker Space http://fablab.uonbi.ac.ke/
Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute http://www.kmfri.co.ke/