Now some clarity on the environmental and management aspects of the Kokono product and project:
1) What do we mean when we say that Kokono is green?
The cradle is designed with a plastic material to which an additive is added that reduces its biodegradability time. It means that, compared to standard plastic, it decomposes much sooner and the decomposition process turns the cradle shell into water, methane, humus and carbon dioxide. This process occurs when the cradle is abandoned in the open air (thus in open landfills) or in water. Whenever we present Kokono we always explain this process and specify that the characteristic of being more biodegradable (and faster) than other products refers to the cradle shell.
2) Does biodegradability refer to the whole product?
No, the above characteristic refers to the cradle shell, which accounts for more than 70% of the volume of the entire product. To date, unfortunately, there are no mosquito nets made of biodegradable material, nor are there any mattresses. These two components, like the handle cord, are made from standard materials. If you know of any green products in these categories, please let us know, and we will be super happy to evaluate their use (hoping they are available in Uganda)/!
3) What happens with the packaging?
Kokono has no packaging, that is, it is sold without plastic or other packaging. In fact, the product is designed to be stackable so as to save space and avoid boxes or wrapping. All crib components are placed inside the mattress cover, which is made of cotton. In our warehouse, the mattresses are covered with a plastic sheet provided to us by our supplier, which is used to protect the product from dust.
4) How do we handle logistics?
Our cribs are shipped via boda-boda (up to 10/15 pieces). For larger numbers it is the customer himself who retrieves the material. We suggest using public transportation, but in Kampala this is not an easy option, which is why customers often arrange for the pieces to be retrieved by a large truck to hold them all, so that multiple trips are avoided.
5) When you say that Kokono is “Made in Uganda,” what do you mean?
Kokono is entirely manufactured and assembled in Uganda. The shell is made locally, as are the mats, mosquito nets and handle. Instructions and stickers are printed locally and included in the sales kit by our team in Kampala.
6) Do you involve local people in the cradle production process?
Of course, since our suppliers are Ugandan, all of the people involved in the production of Kokono are local. In particular, the supplier who works on the production of the mosquito nets and handles (customized for our cradle) involves disadvantaged women, so from this point of view Kokono is a project that promotes the social inclusion of fragile people, who are involved in the production of the mosquito nets and handles
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