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Plastic becomes stone

Plastic becomes stone
Plastic becomes stone

In a minute, one million plastic bottles are transported worldwide, according to the UN Environment Programme. The majority of things might be recycled but aren't.

Kenya's Gjenge Makers is giving plastic waste a makeover, turning it into robust building blocks with a clever twist. Founded by Nzambi Matee, a mechanical engineer passionate about the environment, the project emerged from a desire to repurpose plastic waste for a meaningful cause.

Gjenge Makers adopts mechanical recycling, a pragmatic approach tailored to Kenya's developing economy. The process involves collecting, cleaning, and shredding plastic waste, which is then blended with sand and glass. The resulting mixture is molded into sturdy paving bricks, ready for construction.

Recycling between 10 and 25 metric tonnes of plastic waste weekly, the company combines recycled plastic with sand, creating a mixture molded into paving bricks. Beyond its environmental impact, the initiative contributes to road construction, opening pathways for children's access to education.

Dedicated to Sustainable Development Goal 12, highlighting responsible consumption and production, Gjenge actively contributes to a more sustainable future by transforming plastic waste into essential building materials. Originally conceived as a plastic collection venture, the shift to crafting eco-friendly construction materials came in response to a surplus of plastic waste. Now at the forefront of the industry, the organization produces resilient and aesthetically pleasing paving blocks.

In response to escalating demand, the organization is poised for a shift to 3D technology, streamlining processes for enhanced production. Their vision extends beyond mere material supply; they aspire to instill a culture of repurposing and recycling, enriching communities and fostering job opportunities for young individuals across Africa.


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