Ecope is a social start-up that aims to contribute to the sustainability of Jordan’s environment and the quality of life of its underprivileged communities.
The high influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan has had a profound impact on the Kingdom's economy and environment, notably in an increase in unemployment rate to reach an all-time high of 18.7%, and a drastic rise in municipal solid waste generation, over 50% of which is organic waste.
Ecope is currently working on a composting project to utilise food waste in refugee camps and poverty pockets to enhance livelihoods, by transforming the organic matter into compost that can be sold to traders, farmers, businesses and households, while engaging members of the target communities in cash-for-work volunteerism.
Turning food into compost usually takes up to a year for completion. Ecope's solution for a compost bin is designed to run on renewable solar and muscle energy that operates an internal churning mechanism to cut down months of the composting process. The design solution is flat-packed and assembled tool-free on-site by the user.
Through implementing this project in refugee camps and poverty pockets, Ecope aims to address three main challenges faced by refugee and host communities:
1- Unemployment: by providing job
opportunities, where members partaking in the project are paid for their work
2- Poor waste management schemes and limited landfill capacity: by recycling the major source of waste in Jordan (organic waste), contributing to a sustainable cradle to cradle lifecycle of food waste and reduced landfill waste.
3- Psychosocial challenges: by providing refugees and underprivileged community members with a sense of community and social cohesion, achievement, and belonging.
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