The plastic of Haiti becomes a smartphone case


The smartphone case? It is made 100 percent with plastic collected in the streets and landfills of Haiti and appropriately launched for recycling. The company is a US company, ReYuze Cases , which started the collection in one of the poorest countries in the world, which is also forced to deal with serious pollution problems (see also  Shared planning and sustainability to rebuild Haiti ). For every phone case sold a dollar goes to The First Mile Coalition, an association that supports children exploited through child labor. 

Since its foundation in 2016, the First Mile Coalition has helped about fifty children. Currently, almost 400 families in Haiti have as their primary source of income the collection of waste in the Tritier landfill. "These families often face the difficult decision to involve children in this work in order to guarantee the economic security and well-being of the family unit" , it is explained on the reyuzecases.com website where it is emphasized that, at the moment, 300 children live and they work in the landfill to ensure a source of survival. The founder and CEO of ReYuze Cases is Jack Foley, an 18-year-old from Maryland. Foley started the startup with the initial intention to fight the marine litter and save the oceans from plastics. Recently, he redefined his point of view and looked into a place that needed his help to remove plastic and trash: Haiti. 

Foley has therefore decided to design mobile cases that are robust and flexible, at the price of 10 dollars, using plastic collected by the Haitian community and manufacturing high density polyethylene (HDPE).

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