How can I tackle the problem of plastic & fabric waste in my community?


Living in Ghana my entire life, there’s always been an alarming issue of pollution that is not being taken as seriously as it should. This is due to the Ghannian citizen’s lack of education and understanding of how to correctly dispose waste as well as it’s damaging and unhealthy effects on not only their environment but health. For example, open gutters that are infested with mold, trash and dangerous insects are right across from peoples homes, this is a hazard to the people in my community and its time to finally see some change. 



  • About 2.58 million metric tonnes of raw plastics are imported into Ghana annually, of which 73 percent effectively ends up as waste, while only 19 percent is re-used
  • Sadly, less than 0.1 percent of the waste is recycled, meaning all the plastic waste generated ends up in the environment.
  • Plastic sachets have become greatly popular in Western Africa. With a population of almost 30 million, Ghanaians drink an average 1-2 sachets of water every day.
  • In Ghana, Kantamanto is the largest second-hand clothing centre and one of the biggest in the world
  • tonnes of poor-quality garments get shipped daily from countries such as the UK into Ghana, creating a herculean waste management problem
An example of open gutters in most rural communities where families and animals live in Ghana
The traditional Ghanaian Kente cloths that are locally made in various patterns & colors
Waste is not collected to be recycled therefore is left to pollute land and water bodies


  • An organization center that takes in the wasted plastic and fabrics collected by locals which is then recycled into reusable shopping bags, fashion accessories, school supplies, containers and much more.

  • Gives jobs to locals (they will be the one making the bags)  

  • Ensure that the community stays clean. Providing safe drinking water and a cleaner environment for people as Ghana hold lots of pollution on roads, gutters etc.   

  • Reduces the amount of plastic used by the community.



This is my BMC for my start-up idea


  • Are you intresed in traveling? if so do you like buying suvineirs to remember your trip? 
  • Would you purchase these bags online if you didn’t find them in your community? 
  • Do you shop often? if so do you have a reusable bag you bring along? 
  • On a scale of 1-10 how environmentally friendly/concious are you? how have you adapted your daily life routine to do so? 


“Never doubt that small groups of thoughtful, committed citizens of the world can make a change; indeed, they are the ones who always have”

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  1. April 24, 2020 by Elia

    I love this project! I personally have learned how to make face masks for some hospitals in my area. Fabric is so incredibly important, and there is so much waste! Once someone cuts their pattern out, it’s hard to find a home for the scraps, but I’m glad to see that use can come out of extra fabric. I would 100% buy the bags online. I consider myself a 7 on the scale of environmental consciousness. I’ve tried to eat less meat and switch out plastic bags for sustainable alternatives.

  2. April 24, 2020 by Samantha

    I think this is a brilliant idea! I also agree that there’s a lot of waste from making other products, and I enjoyed seeing how you addressed that in this project. Personally, I’d say I’m about a 5 on the scale of environmental consciousness. It’s always on my mind, but because of school and all of the things I do, it’s hard to find a way to be more environmentally friendly. I think people would definitely buy this online if they couldn’t find it in their area!

  3. April 26, 2020 by Gladys Adinyira Wuaku

    Congratulations Judy !!
    A great idea to bring more awareness to separating our waste !! Ms Gladys

  4. April 27, 2020 by Heena Vaswani

    Well done Judy on highlighting the small scale industries in Ghana. Sowing cloth bags and providing them to shops, supermarkets, and vendors will definitely reduce the number of circulating plastic bags. Ghana has also stepped up with manufacturing face masks from small scraps of materials that can be washed and reused.

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