A woman in Kenya makes plastic waste bricks.

The trash of someone else is the gold of somebody else. Materials Engineer Nzambi Matee, 29 years old, prefers the brick pavers. Matee founded Gjenge Makers, a Nairobi-based company that has pioneered a new recycling method in sustainable products for plastic wastes. It created lightweight and low-cost sand bricks that are stronger than concrete, made from recycled plastic.

Matee was recently awarded the Young Earth Champion 2020 Award, the United Nations’ highest environmental award. The award recognises environmental leaders who have an important environmental impact on their initiatives. „I wanted to use my background to combat plastic pollution in applied physics and engineering materials.


“The best way to achieve this was to channel waste into the construction and construction industries and find the most efficient and affordable material for the building of buildings,” said Matee, whose Gjenge Makers company has so far recycled 20 metric tonne, and hopes to reach 50 by the end of the fuselage process. “The solution was very effective, long-term and cost-effective.

The bricks can be used for the construction of walls, entrances and other structures.

For waste collector groups, women’s organisations and youth groups 112 jobs have been created by the company. The Greener World Matee collects non-recyclable or reprocessable industrial and consumer plastic waste. Polypropylene (used in flip-top decks, buckets, and rope), poly-purpose polyetylene (used in shampoo and milk bottles) (used in bags). The plastic is then mixed with sand, heated and broken into beautiful bricks of diverse colour and thick.


Gjenge pavers can support twice as much weight not just stronger and lightweight than concrete blocks. “They are more durable and less fragile by linking the blocks with plastic. Sand, ballast, cement and water are standard bricks. Although all of these ingredients contribute to the paver block weight, only sand or ballast and plastics are present in our paver blocks. It gets lighter as a result. They are 30% cheaper than conventional bricks since after the creation of plastic products we use the lowest plastic quality left behind by industries.”

Four years before production began in 2020, Matee worked on the concept. It also helped design, manufacture and manufacture the machines making such blocks.


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