Q&A with Gudco

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Q&A with Gudco

Today we spoke to Ruan Coetzee, founder of @gudco.co.za who make sugar cane 🌱 toilet paper 🧻 in SA and give back at the same time🇿🇦
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Hi Ruan, let’s get started! Tell us a bit about how you ended up founding a sustainable toilet paper company?
“Sure! It started when I become aware that thousands of school children in South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape don't have access to toilets, or even toilet paper. I decided to register Güdco in 2015 - with the aim of selling toilet paper to generate funds to help build toilets.
2 years of R&D later, we established the Güd Foundation and started selling Güdsheet the same year.
For every roll of Güdsheet sold, we donate a portion of the proceeds to help build toilets for underprivileged schools and crèches in need.
Why toilets & Toilet paper? Because it provides dignity, health and an improved quality of life.”
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And what has been your biggest high and low over the past 4 years?
“My biggest low was having to visit 30 different suppliers across SA and feeling like I was just going in circles. It started to feel like a big waste of time and money. But I learned so much along the way, and ended up actually going with the first supplier I met!
Biggest highs? Seeing our final product for the first time, and making our first big sale”
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How does sustainability impact your day to day life?
“I try my best to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as I can. It’s not an easy journey, but I will continue promoting sustainable, ethical consumerism for good.”
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Of course! And any new products we can look forward to soon?
“Yes siree! They’re still top secret but we can’t wait to share them with you 😁”
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Any other hopes & dreams for 2020 and beyond?
“I hope to have a year filled with happiness, peace, and prosperity. I also hope to see our beautiful country flourish and to provide the dignity of a toilet for all in the future.” 

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