Our Green Leader of the month. Meet Nzambi Matee, a Nairobi-based entrepreneur and inventor, developed a prototype machine that turns discarded plastic into bricks. The machine can produce up to 1,500 bricks per day. Nzambi founded Gjenge Makers (@gjenge_makers ), a company that addresses the pressing issue of plastic waste in Nairobi. The plastic waste Matee's team uses is the type of waste that can't be recycled anymore.
The waste is crushed into small pellets, sorted according to color, mixed with sand and the desired color pigment — before being taken onto the production line where they are molded and put into a hydraulic press. For the three years it has been in operation, the team has recycled 20 metric tons of plastic and aims to push that up to 50 metric tons before the year ends. Their clients include schools and homeowners. The bricks come in an array of colors including but not limited to red, blue, brown, and green. The bricks are incredibly strong — tested to hold twice the weight threshold of concrete blocks. Gjenge Makers has generated 112 job opportunities for garbage collectors, women and youth groups.
To learn more about Nzambi's eco-bricks, visit their website at https://gjenge.co.ke
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