All Women Recycling – Empowering women in South Africa through plastic recycling. SEED Case Study

SEED Case Study All Women Recycling South Africa
Heuër, Amélie; Rainer Agster, Christine Meyer and Jona Liebl 2016: All Women Recycling. Empowering women in South Africa through plastic recycling. SEED Case Study. Berlin: SEED.

To provide a more in-depth understanding of how eco-enterprises work, how they can help achieve sustainable development on the ground and how enabling frameworks can be created to help them scale up, SEED offers a range of detailed case studies that have emerged from various SEED Research projects. The 2016 case study series by SEED sheds a light on the versatile impacts of locally-driven eco-enterprises. The individual case studies are enhanced with short multimedia features that showcase the innovation, the partnership and the social and environmental impact of each enterprise.

This case study highlights All Women Recycling, a company that turns discarded plastic bottles into unique gift boxes, called kliketyklikboxes, which are sold internationally. In the production of the gift boxes the South African enterprise employs young women, primarily previously unemployed single mothers. All Women Recycling also contributes to cleaner townships in Cape Town by strengthening environmental awareness, particularly in schools which as a result set up collection points for the plastic bottles.