WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Nzambi Matee from Kenya took the challenge to help the environment in reducing plastic wastes.
- She founded Gjenge Makers, a company responsible for recycling plastic waste to building materials.
- To date, Gjenge Makers recycled about 20 metric tons of plastic waste, converting it into concrete bricks sold at an average of $7.70 per square meter.
With the growing global problem on plastic waste management, various interest groups have been working double time in exploring all possible ways to innovate plastics to lessen its serious environmental threats.
Nzambi Matee from Kenya is among those who took on this challenge to reduce plastic wastage and convert it into a more useful, more sustainable material.
Matee founded Gjenge Makers, a company responsible for recycling plastic wastes to building materials. One of its trademark products is its super bricks that are said to be five to seven times stronger than concrete.
The company has employed more than 110 people, able to produce about 1,500 bricks every day. According to Matee, Gjenge Makers have recycled about 20 metric tons of plastic waste to date, since it’s been founded in 2018.
The operations take quite a complex process, Gjenge Makers acquires dumps of plastic low and high-density polyethylene and polypropylene from local packaging plants for free, where they produce a variety of paving stones after the plastic polymer is heated and mixed with sand.
“There is waste they cannot process anymore; they cannot recycle. That is what we get,” Matee said.
Matee designed the machines that manufacture the bricks in Gjenge Makers.
These now result to building materials pressed via hydraulic machine sporting a variety of thickness and colors, sold at an average of $7.70 per square meter.
Moving forward, Matee targets to expand her business and advocacy to continue developing solutions to address these plastic waste issues.
Source: Good News Network