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‘Salubata’ Sustainable Shoes Feeding Children in Lagos

‘Salubata’ Sustainable Shoes Feeding Children in Lagos

CROSS-CUTTING SECTORS

Circular Economy, Food, Youth, Urban Poor, Recycling

ORGANISATION(S)

Salubata, UN-Habitat

PROJECT OVERVIEW 

Salubata manufactures modular shoes from recycled plastics and algal bloom. As a pair of shoes requires about a kilogram of plastic waste for its production, this initiative significantly contributes to the reduction of the vast amounts of plastic waste generated. One of ‘Africa’s 100 Most Promising Start-Ups’, the company, based in Lagos, Nigeria, aims to produce 5,000,000 shoes per year by 2023. In addition to contributing to waste reduction, 5 per cent of profits are donated to help children confronted with malnutrition. In a year, Salubata contributed $4,464,000 of profit to the cause of feeding over 1,100,000 starving children, and converted over 160,000 tonnes of plastics to wearable shoes. Click here for more information.

RELEVANCE TO THE CALL TO ACTION ON SUSTAINABLE URBANISATION ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH

These examples have been chosen because of their relevance to the Call to Action, as shown by the direct quotes provided below. To view the Call to Action click here.

  • “Well managed cities and human settlements are drivers of economic development, centres of innovation and entrepreneurship, and sources of trade and employment that are vital for the livelihoods of their citizens, 60% of whom are under 30.”
  • “Sustainable urbanisation demands collective action – genuine multi-level governance – to empower, enable and support cities and their citizens. This is critical as many Commonwealth cities and human settlements are grappling with poverty, informality, food security and migration.”
  • “Sustainable urbanisation requires a commitment to good governance, integrated planning, effective service delivery together with fiscal and political empowerment.”

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UN-Habitat: https://unhabitat.org/