African Inventor Upcycled E-Waste Into a 3D Printer (Video)
By lucas@endneoliberalism On 13 Oct, 2013 At 01:40 PM | Categorized As 3D printing, Green Business, Upcycle | With 0 Comments

Picture 16The story of Kodjo Afate Gnikou, a 33-year old inventor from Togo who built a 3D printer made of materials that he found in scrapyards, means more than an extraordinary example of how green entrepreneurs are pushing our economic potential by developing Cradle-to-Cradle economies that integrate upcycling with 3D printing and other green technologies or methods of production.

For Africa, colonization in the 21st century means that the minerals which are stolen from their land to produce semi-conductors for the cellphones and computers consumed by the developed world are returned in the form of toxic e-waste. Approximately one million tons of domestic e-waste from USA and Europe are dumped each year in Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Liberia and Nigeria.

The 3D printer W.AFATE tells the kind of story that shifts the paradigm on what corporations mean to us and how a lack of progressive regulations and taxes are allowing corporations not just to waste people and resources, but more importantly the brains of “the best of the best” in this world; the One Percent.

This story shows that one man, in one of the poorest countries in the world, is able to make the changes that multinational corporations cannot implement -despite earning hundreds of billions of dollars in annual profits, receiving even more billions in subsidies, and owning buildings filled with thousands of extremely qualified employees- in order to improve sustainability in a way that not only saves resources, but also produces new forms of wealth for businesses and humanity.

Watch the video below to learn more about Kodjo Afate Gnikou and his extraordinary invention.

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