Nzambi Matee got tired of waiting for a solution to all the plastic waste she saw, so she created a company to deal with it. The material engineer opened a factory in Kenya where they turn plastics which can’t be recycled (with traditional methods) into bricks. She designed a concoction of hard plastics and sand to create a solid brick which has a comparable price to stone bricks. This is a neat solution to a global problem, her one factory has processed 20 tones of plastics since 2017!
â€œOur product is almost five to seven times stronger than concrete,â€ said Matee, the founder of Nairobi-based Gjenge Makers, which transforms plastic waste into durable building materials.
â€œThere is that waste they cannot process anymore; they cannot recycle. That is what we get,â€ Matee said, strolling past sacks of plastic waste.
Matee gets the waste from packaging factories for free, although she pays for the plastic she gets from other recyclers.