Malcolm Abel Kangesa

Country of Origin : Kenya

Lets kick it off :

"The little effort of everyone may change into a big one; save earth." 

So as you may know, we at Hand Picked have just launched our new wax blocks. We are extremely proud of the product and were looking so forward to releasing the product to everybody on the market. We had completed the wax and were now researching the packaging... 

This is when we started to get concerned. We all hear about " Ignore the Straw" and other slogans to that nature where by the earths well being is a priority. However it became pretty scary to see that, realistically obtaining accurate eco friendly product to successfully package our wax, was a nightmare. IF a manufacture was found, the pricing was through the roof making it impossible to sell it or the cheaper more affordable options were all a little bit dodgy on the eco friendly side. So we began to look into this a little more and in walked Abel... 

We got to chatting with Abel about his life story, who was originally from Kenya. As a result of election violence. Abel fled the country, he got to Botswana in 2008 however he was chased out the country due to a change in refugee status and was forced across boarders once again, this time into South Africa. Abels life has been nothing short of fascinating... 

So by this point, Abel is rambling on and we are stunned with his life stories, sitting at our office desk, coffee in hand and a big blank page labelled " Eco or Standard" which was in reference to the packing material situation.... With a list of pros and cons for both... 

Abel found a gap in his story to ask us what we were working on. So I explained that we are wanting to bring in this new product we have, the wax, however we were hoping to to secure a eco friendly packaging which looked good and was relative to the sport. I explained that we also need the packaging to be affordable, otherwise our product would be overpriced and we would sell anything... 

What came out of Abels mouth is change the game plan...

He explained that, " Planet earth is my other mother, she produces the water I drink and the food I eat. More importantly it gives me oxygen that I breathe. So its very special to me... " 

Im not sure why, or even if it was a good idea, but I asked Abel, " Would you like to take control of the packaging of the wax?" 

He took the opportunity very seriously. He said he has many contacts in the packaging industry from his years of odd jobs in the factories around Durban. I immediately felt like I might have made a bad call here, however the general consensus in the room was in favour of Abel. His story is coming from a man who has been homeless, chased from countries, house and home. However his awareness for this planet was inspiring.... 

2 days later.... 

Abel arrives at the office with the wax packaged and a smile from ear to ear... 

" Bru I found this and It looks good! " Abel

He basically dropped the mic but he waited around for the response. I was having a coffee and working online when the wax arrived on my desk. I asked him where he. got the packing but he just said, " It looks good, its cheap and it won't hurt the planet! " 

This block of wax has been sitting on my desk for about a week now. We have been tossing the idea around and have bought some samples of packaging that made sense. However, for some reason, we kept going back to the packaging from Abel. It had so much "feeling" in the packaging. He was so proud of the concept and his contribution. We were just as proud as him with the product  as he was with his packaging plan. So then we just made the call....

We called Abel in, explained that we wanted to use his packaging idea and package all our wax in it. I showed him the hundreds of blocks we had, and his face lit up! We explained that we wanted to share his story to inspire people, from all backgrounds, that no matter how small your contribution, its a contribution to the planet and we loved his enthusiasm... 

"The little effort of everyone may change into a big one; save earth." 

So we are proud, to say, the wax packaging for our rage will be hand wrapped by the head designer on the job, Malcome Abel Kangesa.