Monthly Archives: November 2010

Monthly Update: October 2010 Statistics

This is a very short and quick update. Basic statistics until 31 October 2010.

Plastic consumed to date: 15,333 pure water sachets
Cloth consumed: 25 kgs
Baskets produced: 66
No. of people working with regularly: 21
No. of people worked with in total: 32
Trees planted: 126
= 113 Niim
= 13 Mango

We shall be adding new photos shortly, including the niim tree planting day–just as soon as our phone and our computer kiss and make up and decide to talk to each other again.


Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Tree-planting and re-using waste that otherwise would be burnt, causing it to emit carbon dioxide and other gases, are G-lish’s contribution to reducing green-house gas emissions.

In August alone basket production consumed 8000+ plastic bags.

Here is an extraordinary statistic: If G-lish produces 1000 baskets a month (a five year target), they will support between 150-350 craftspeople and consume over 2 million (yes, million!) plastic bags per year in basket production. They will also plant 12,000 trees a year, minimum.

Since the Ghanaian government does not look like banning plastic rubbish anytime soon (although we certainly hope they do this in the fullness of time) we feel this is a good way to use the waste. Each basket uses over 220 pure water bags!

Our vision is that we create our own “green belt” across Ghana as we grow and others join our mission and support hundreds of families to improve their quality of life, while improving the quality of life on our planet too. If you’re interested in knowing more, you can contact

If you are in Ghana but somehow missed the baskets at Trashy’s Accra shop (because they sell quickly), email Godwin and he may be able to help you out if he has some in stock.

G-lish Foundation Wins Seed Initiative Award

SEED 2010 Winners Logo
SEED 2010 Winners Logo

G-lish Foundation is delighted to announce that, from among 1000 submissions to a short-list of 80, G-lish Foundation was selected as one of the 30 international winners of the 2010 SEED Initiative Award.

G-lish thanks the SEED Initiative and all its partners, as well as Trashy Bags in Accra, Ghana for the early and ongoing support.

Direct from the UNEP Press Release:

The SEED Awards recognise inspiring social and environmental entrepreneurs whose businesses can help meet sustainable development challenges. By helping entrep

reneurs to scale-up their activities, the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by UNEP, aims to boost local economies and tackle poverty, while promoting the sustainable use of resources and ecosystems.

This year, in addition to seeking innovative start-ups throughout the developing world, the SEED Awards had a special focus on Africa, placing particular emphasis on initiatives from South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal. This focus was part of a larger project linked with UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and was funded largely by the European Union.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, said:” The SEED Award winners exemplify the strong spirit of entrepreneurship in t

he developing world and its significance in creating a Green Economy. While the Awards recognize individual outstanding projects, governments must also show leadership in supporting grassroots efforts through diverse and dynamic standards, forward-looking policies and incentives to further catalyze corporate and community-led change.”

All the SEED winners will be honoured at award ceremonies in their home countries. The prize they will receive from SEED is a package of individually-tailored support for their business. This includes access to relevant expertise and technical assistance, meeting new partners and building networks, developing

business plans and identifying sources of finance. SEED will furthermore contribute towards meeting each winner’s most immediate needs by contributing to a jointly developed support plan.

The 2010 call for proposals saw applications from just under 60 countries, representing the collaborative efforts of non-governmental organizations, women’s and youth groups, labour organisations, public authorities, international agencies and academia. While most of the applications were in the agriculture and rural development sector, many entries addressed issues around climate change and energy, the conservation of biodiversity, and waste management. The selection of the winners was by an independent International Jury of experts.

The winners from Ghana are truly inspiring. The other winners are: