Kenyan Woman's Start-Up Recycles Plastic Waste Into Bricks Stronger Than Concrete
Updated: Jan 20
A young young woman in Nairobi, Kenya has started a company which manufactures bricks using recycled plastic.
“Our product is almost five to seven times stronger than concrete,” said Matee.
Nzambi Matee says she was “tired of being on the sidelines” while people struggled against plastic waste in the city of Nairobi. The materials engineer decided to create a product that resulted in being 5 to 7 times stronger than concrete. Not only does Nzambi manufacture the bricks but her start-up also designed the machines that are used to manufacture them.
The name of her start-up is Gjenge Makers. The company receives low and high-density plastics and polyproplene from local packaging plants free of charge and is used to create building materials. "There is waste they cannot process anymore; they cannot recycle. That is what we get," Matee told Reuters. The building materials are pressed via hydraulic machine into different thickness and are sold at an average cost of $7.70 per square meter. Gjenge Makers has 110 employees so far who manufacture 1,500 bricks per day.
Nzambi told Reuters that they have recycled about 20 metric tons of plastic waste since the company was founded in 2018.
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