A Nigerian company called Quadloop has developed a method for recycling electronic waste into solar lanterns and other products that are less harmful to the environment.
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Dozie Igweilo, the founder of Quadloop, told Reuters that he came up with the idea after finding a market for inexpensive electrical goods that were made locally but didn’t have parts available in the country.
According to Igweilo, “at that point, we noticed that… if we leverage on electronic waste, we are going to cut down the cost of production as well as the cost of sales,” which is what led to our current position.
The company intends to make use of electronic waste for 70% of its materials.For its solar lanterns, Quadloop recycles lithium batteries from discarded laptops.
Igweilo stated that small businesses use those lanterns to maintain productivity during power outages.
Blessing Samuel, a hairdresser who uses Quadloop’s solar lantern at night, is one of its customers.
“It is very good; ever since I got it, it has been helpful to me; it helps me when there is no light.She told Reuters, “I use it to do my work, and it took away the stress of buying fuel.”
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