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Social Entrepreneurs 

At SDG Impact Stories, we believe that small to medium-sized purpose-driven businesses can have a major impact on their communities locally, and globally. Social entrepreneurs not only have a positive impact but are profitable as well, which is essential for long-term growth. 

Scroll down to have a look at all the impact entrepreneurs we covered as part of the SDG World Tour.

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Be Green

Problem

Every year, around 1.7 mio tons of trash is generated in Kyrgyzstan, with plastic accounting for 21% of all waste. Most people aren't educated on the importance of recycling. Consequently, a lot of the trash ends up burning in landfills, polluting the soil and liberating dangerous toxic fumes.

Solution

In December 2021, BeGreen started to manufacture bottle-shaped trash cans at scale to encourage the population to recycle plastic. They later opened their first plastic recycling plant, where the plastic waste they collect is cut into tiny flakes, which are then exported and notably up-cycled into textiles, carpets, and construction straps.

Impact

BeGreen currently produces 10 Mtons of flakes out of recycled plastic bottles every year. Most of it is exported to Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan to be up-cycled into different kinds of products. BeGreen is among the leaders of the Green Revolution slowly gaining traction in the country.

Central Asia

More coming. Work in progress...

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