A Kenyan woman’s startup has been able to help manufacture bricks from recycled plastic waste and this brick is 5X stronger than concrete. Nzambi Matee maintains that she was already tired of how civil servants struggled for plastic waste in Nairobi.
Therefore, the materials engineer designed a product that is much stronger than concrete. Matee the founder of Gjenge Makers also designed the machines that produce the bricks in her factory. Gjenge Makers transforms plastic waste into building materials.
This Kenyan woman’s startup get dumps of plastic from local packaging plants for free. This startup manufactures different paving stones after they have heated the plastic polymer and then mixed it with sand.
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There is waste they cannot process anymore; they cannot recycle. That is what we get.Matee
After all the process, the result this startup gets is a versatile building material that is pressed through hydraulic machine into several thickness, that sell in different colors. Matee has employed over 110 people so far, and she has been helping to deliver about 1,500 bricks per day.
The startup has recycled about 20 metric tons of plastic waste since the establishment of the company. Matee hopes to add a bigger manufacturing line that will boost the production capacity of her company.