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This Kenyan innovator transforms plastic waste into durable building materials


This Nairobi-based entrepreneur has developed a solution to one of Africa’s major challenges; the continent has been suffering from the widespread of plastic waste and its damaging effects on the environment.

Fortunately, Nzambi Matee, a female material engineer has come up with an initiative that converts plastic wastes into durable building materials.
Speaking to Reuters, Matee said bricks she produce from plastic wastes are stronger than concrete and does not crack; “Our product is almost five to seven times stronger than concrete,” she said. 

Explaining the processes involved in the making of the plastic bricks, Matee said that, different plastic wastes, including high density polyethylene, low density polyethylene and polypropylene are mixed with sand, heated and then compressed into bricks. 

Matee told Reuters that, her company, Gjenge Makers produces 1,500 bricks each day. She added that, her factory has recycled 20 tonnes of waste plastic since it was founded in 2017.

This is a great initiative that must be adopted by countries across the continent to help deal with the longstanding problem of environmental pollution by plastic waste

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