Green school backpack wins inventors’ prize

The winner of the Inventors’ Garage competition, which happened as part of the 7th South African Innovation Summit that took place in Cape Town recently, was Thato Kgatlhanye, who created a school backpack which brings together recycling, solar energy and a better learning environment for school children. “Made from 100% plastic shopping bags and fitted with a Consol solar jar lid that charges in the sun, the sturdy eco-friendly schoolbag can provide light for the learner to study after dark. There is a safety and visibility element too as the integration of retro-reflective material increases visibility of children to motorists,” Kgatlhanye told Cape Business News. Kgatlhanye was awarded R15 000 for his idea.

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