ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Upcycled solar-powered schoolbags – Social Entrepreneurship | Thato Kgatlhanye | TEDxDonauinsel

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Upcycled solar-powered schoolbags – Social Entrepreneurship | Thato Kgatlhanye | TEDxDonauinsel

Here’s Great Tip: Upcycled solar-powered schoolbags – Social Entrepreneurship | Thato Kgatlhanye | TEDxDonauinsel


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Repurpose Schoolbags is an initiative bringing together recycling, solar energy and education for young school children. Each of the repurpose schoolbags is made from 20 recycled plastic shopping bags that have been repurposed into a textile. The bags are then fitted with a solar panel that charges during the day and turns into a light to study at night.

Characterised by a keen sense of curiosity and adventure, Thato Kgatlhanye has always relied on her instincts and creativity to help her respond to significant challenges in her life. She is a decisive, non-conformist and has always believed in following her own course. This attitude has enabled her to achieve numerous feats at her young age, including co-founding Rethaka, the company behind the socially innovative Repurpose School Bag, which is an up-cycled solar-powered backpack.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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