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This entrepreneur turns hard-to-recycle plastics into very robust paving stones

Nzambi Matee is the founder of Gjenge Makers, a company that uses high and low density polyethylene and polypropylene as raw materials for making building materials.

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February
9, 2021

2 min read

This article has been translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.

What are we doing to keep helping the planet? Nzambi Matee, an engineer originally from Kenya, developed a process to turn difficult-to-recycle plastics into super-strong paving stones.

Matee, 29, is the founder of Gjenge Makers, a company that uses high and low density polyethylene and polypropylene as raw materials to make building materials.

"Gjenge Makers is a social enterprise whose goal is to fight waste pollution, collect recyclable materials from households and institutions and recycle them by making plasters and building blocks from recycled plastic bottles," the LinkedIn said Description of Nzambi Matee.

According to Reuters reports, the entrepreneur assures that her product is seven times stronger than concrete and that 20 tons of plastic have been recycled since starting her company in 2017.

The production of Gjenge Makers ranges from 500 to 1,500 bricks per day and according to the UN environmental program they recycle around 500 kilograms of plastic waste every day.

How do they get the cobblestones?

Plastic waste is mixed with sand, heated, and then pressed into bricks, which are sold at different prices depending on their thickness and color.

For example: Ordinary gray paving stones cost $ 7.70 (about 154.79 Mexican pesos) per square meter.

Young champions of the earth

For his work, Nzambi Matee received the Young Champions of the Earth award from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). What "seed capital and mentoring provides promising environmentalists in addressing the world's most pressing challenges".

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