“The repurpose bag helps me as I can use the solar light when there is no electricity at home. I am now doing my homework all the time. I love my bag. Thank you Gateway Mall.” - Thulisa Gqalandile, Grade 5 student at Hlangabeza Primary School

The concept of the Repurpose Schoolbag was conceptualised in 2013, and since then Rethaka Proprietary Limited, the brand innovator and manufacturer of Repurpose Bags, has been committed to education for children who have limited resources. Each Repurpose Schoolbag is made from recycled PVC billboard banners. Repurpose schoolbags are durable, waterproof and include a solar panel that charges up during the day on the child’s walk to and from school, and during break times. The solar panel is detachable from the schoolbag, and transforms into a solar lantern which provides light for studying in the evenings. The design of the schoolbag allows for branding, and integrates retro-reflective material that effectively increases the visibility of children as they walk to school in the early morning, especially during the dark winter morning months.

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