A young Kenyan engineer and entrepreneur has founded a company in Nairobi to turn plastic destined for the landfill into sustainable, strong building material, using the plastic waste of commercial facilities to create bricks that can withstand twice the weight threshold of concrete.
In Kenya plastic waste pollution has become a severe problem. Despite the consumers single use plastic ban, commercial waste is still a big issue.
The engineer designed a brick made of recycled plastic and sand, compressed and heated to create a strong and sustainable alternative to concrete. The fibrous structure of the plastic makes it not only more lightweight but also less brittle than concrete. While she purchases some plastic from recycling companies, she also receives free shipments of plastic waste from local packaging factories. The company offers pavers for residential and commercial uses. The factory is only in its beginning stages, but it has already recycled 20 tons of plastic since 2017 and created 120 jobs in Nairobi. In addition, the bricks are also one of the more affordable options on the market.
With entrepreneurs like her there is a beacon of hope for the worldwide plastic pollution crisis. Anyway, we need to reduce drastically the production and use of plastic, and we all can play our role in this. Adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle, reduce, reuse, recycle.
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