Paper Business Educates West Africans on Climate Change

Paper Business Educates West Africans on Climate Change

Wase Rogers one of 46 entrepreneurs competing in Unreasonable Marketplace

Wase Rogers saw minimal recycling or climate-change awareness in his native Cameroon, inspiring him to create a business targeting both.

Called Wase Green CIG, the paper-recycling business collects paper from institutions, and even dump sites, to be transported to a recycling station and made into egg cartons.

            Wase Rogers

The company employs 28 people in a country that faces 40 per cent unemployment, and is able to recycle three tonnes of paper per week, saving the equivalent of 51 trees.  It's also producing 1,000 egg cartons a day, which sell for 22 cents (U.S.) a piece.

Where paper is collected, including many universities and schools, the one-year old company hosts climate-change sensitization programs explaining climate change, possible solutions and Wase Green’s role in combatting the problem. According to Wase, the seminars have reached 1,000 people with nearly 80 per cent having no knowledge of climate change.

“So our collection of these paper wastes and having the sensitization programs with the staff and students are so vital,” says Wase.

Wase’s ability to see a gap in the marketplace and create a business achieving environmental and social impact has won him a spot in the Unreasonable Institute’s marketplace.

The annual competition picks 46 entrepreneurs based on their potential to change the world through business. The first 25 entrepreneurs to crowdsource $10,000 in the marketplace will be accepted into the Unreasonable Institute and spend six weeks in Boulder, Colorado, where they will receive training and build relationships with 50 world-class mentors and investors in order to take their ventures to scale.

For Wase, who grew up as the oldest in his family "living from hand to mouth," he's always had high expectations for himself. He says joining the Unreasonable Institute provides him an opportunity to meet investors that could help him reach his goal to build the country's first paper mill using recycled paper.

To learn more about Wase, or support his venture, click here.

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Camille Jensen is an employee share ownership consultant with ESOP Builders, Canada’s largest provider of employee share ownership plans (ESOPs) for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Prior to joining ESOP Builders, Camille was a generative journalist and team member at Axiom News. She credits her time at Axiom as fundamental to her understanding that business is one of the best opportunities to make a difference in the world.

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