03/19/15
Editorial Insights
Sustainability

One to Watch: Alex Mativo

  

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E-Waste isn't only a problem; it's also a business opportunity. Innovative companies and entrepreneurs are tapping into the deluge of used electronics as a resource to create useful products and jobs.

Alex Mativo, a young entrepreneur from Kenya, is doing exactly this, Robyn Kriel for eNCA reports. Mativo's company E-Lab turns e-Waste into useful and artistic new items, as well as generating income from recyclable materials.

E-Lab's mission is intrinsically aligned with Sage's mission: to reduce e-Waste by repurposing electronics in creative new ways. Both companies understand that recycling alone is not enough to effectively combat the problem.

The future of ITAD, and sustainable industry more widely, rests on thoughtful, industrious young people like Mr. Mativo. He attended the African Leadership Academy in 2013 and E-Lab was featured among the 50 most brilliant startups for Global Entrepreneurship Week by Istart and the Kauffman FoundationHe's definitely one to watch.

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