In 2017, it is estimated that over 500,000 tons of e-waste were imported into Togo. Some of them are a pure health hazard, while the majority are plain old inefficient as per modern standards. Ideally, they should be recycled, not shipped from the industrialized nations to the developing ones. However, there is one man who has come up with an innovative way to put these junk into positive use.
One Ousia Foli-Bebe rips these e-waste apart in search of parts he could use, or rather innovate on, and makes inspirational robots out of them. He was featured by The BBC for his robotic spider, which he built using parts scavenged off an old printer.
“I made this from a [discarded] 3D printer,” said Foli-Bebe. “The plastic retrieved from the printer became the arms and legs. And I made a 3D printer as well from e-waste. I actually learned how to make the printer from the internet.”
Foli-Bebe uses his innovation as a source of inspiration for kids in school to take up STEM and appreciate the value of recycling.
“My hope is to make a science kit so that …read more