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Insulator Bags that will enable people to cook boiled food slowly and save electricity, firewood and paraffins for the UNDERPREVILIGED.


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Summary

The  Insulator project aims to develop a product that will cook food slowly after they have been boiled. The technology used is that of knowing that polymers if sacked inside a bag can retain temperature hence they will be sewed into a round ball kind of shape and whatever items whose temperature want to be retained will then be enclosed. 

This helps in saving firewood and gas stoves fuel for rural communities. It also helps urban clients in saving electricity as a meal that normally took 45 minutes on the stove can now be boiled for 5 minutes then inserted in the bag. In turn saving all our markets a lot of money and firewood fetching time and risks for rural markets.

Furthermore this product will also retain cold or frozen products into their state. This Insulators will be made of cloth textiles and smaller polystyrene materials as well as a locking string. The project aims to involve rural females in the manufacturing and distribution of the Insulator bags. 


Category of the action

Reducing emissions from electric power sector.


What actions do you propose?

The project will mobilise  rural women across the world into manufacturing of at least 5 million bags over the next 5 years thus will will reduce emissions into the environment while at the same time creating green jobs.

The project can start in South Africa is it presents a good balance of both rural and urban settings. This is an opportunity as we appeal to the electricity users in that we save them money. The country has also been undergoing load shedding in electricity thus making project such as this one highly relevant in South Africa and geographies going through the same thing. There is a need to migrate to green energy in South Africa and other markets and we can perform a test in that market then expand the project. 

Each bag takes less than 15 minutes to manufacture and setting up such a projects can take up less than a month before the first output.

Post a pilot project in South Africa the project can be set-up in other markets within two months.   


Who will take these actions?

We are aiming to have high involvement of governments in ALL countries we are hoping to setup factories and sell the products therefore governments in Africa, Europe and Latin America will be key stakeholders through their efforts to reduce climate change and support local economic development.

We have partnered with organisation such as Sustainable Energy Africa who have worked with USAID in several project. The project is part of their Empowering and Encouraging Green Energy Users in City of Polokwane in South Africa. We have are also exploring Norwegian Funds on the possibility of the project being implemented throughout Africa by their funding. Resolution Circle, a startup incubation in South Africa will be assisting in the possible export of some of the bags in the Green City Start-Up Initiative.

Anyone can be able to buy the bags. In developed countries we will have a buy one and we will donate one to an African poor market and in underdeveloped and developed market we will directly to people at lower prices as well as mobile international donors to buy for the rural poor. All governments across the world will also be able to procure for their citizens. Organisations such as WWF and GreenPeace will also be able to concientise people in countries where they operate through buying from us.

Mathabatha Holding PTY (Ltd) as a private company will be involved in the process of taking the company to the market and mobilising rural women

Marole Mathabatha will be the CEO of the project and will be involved in business development.


Where will these actions be taken?

The project will take place in South Africa's rural limpopo province in order to be closer to the rural clientele. Another factory will be based in Katlehong in order to have access to international markets and informal settlements.

There has also been engagement and consideration of setting up in other countries across Africa as they face the same challenges as South Africa.  We will come into this market as an empowerment and green energy education project. After educating local communities we will then setup factories thus enhancing impact and our distribution.

With the European Union prioritising clean energy development setting up the European wing in Latvia will be beneficial as labour costs are low and we already have a network in Latvia. Latin America will then be the next market we target as there is potential of growth being in developing economies such as Brazil


How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

Electricity from coal powered power stations, Paraffins and Fire wood = 1 Ton Carbon

Insulator Bag = 0 Carbon Emissions


What are other key benefits?

Less rapes due to fetching fire wood

Informal settlements will not burn due to people using paraffins that burn out

Creating jobs for the manufacturers


What are the proposal’s costs?

Storage and Manufacturing Factory Setup = -/+ $6 000

Transport and Logistics = -/+ $3 000

Marketing = -/+ $6 500

Machines Purchases = -/+ $4 000

Production Material = -/+ R3 900


Time line

5-15 Years

Construction of factories and going to the market

Expanding market into other developing markets

15-50 Years

Development of a social programme were the company can devote some of its profits to manufacturing bags that will be donated.

50-100

Setting up a research project devoted to products such as InsulatorBag Slow Cookers


Related proposals

None that we know


References

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0973082615301666

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421516300994

http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/01/10/bjc.azv125.short

http://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/sacq/article/view/1072

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/hundreds-homeless-after-fire-ravages-kya-sands-20151112