Zulugal bags empower the disabled
Publish date: 13 March 2018
Issue Number: 547
Diary: Legalbrief Environmental
Zulugal bags recycled
plastic works of art
A Durban artist is economically empowering disabled people to be self-sufficient through her business that produces functional bags from recycled plastic. Nozipho Zulu, born and raised in Nongoma in Zululand, is the entrepreneur behind Zulugal Retro, an SMME, which after just a year of business provides jobs for a team of 10 intellectually disabled people. Zulu trained her team in weaving and they now work from their homes around the province, producing creative handbags, pencil cases and protective pouches for sunglasses out of industrial laminated plastic waste, such as chip and chocolate packets. Zulu started a small pilot project in 2016 and quit her job in March last year to set up her small business. She went on to win a place at the Red Bull Amaphiko (Wings) Academy where she received training in branding and marketing.