Transforming Waste into Building Materials

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We employ plastic extrusion technology to transform post consumer plastic waste into building materials (Plastic lumber). Plastic lumber is a durable and affordable alternative to timber, which reduces the need for building material manufactured from wood. This helps to preserve forests by lowering deforestation rates and decreasing the effects of climate change. Plastic lumber made from recycled plastics are ideal for outdoor decking, building, furniture making and construction activities.

Why are we doing this Project?

Solid waste management is one of the environmental problems that most cities are struggling to manage. As the number of residents in most cities is increasing so is the production of solid waste which end up in the landfills and in the oceans because very unfortunate, effective environmental and sustainable measures to manage the waste are lacking. On the other hand, there has been an increase in demand for timber for building and construction activities that has also increased the rate of deforestation. Our project aims to solve both problems of waste management as well as the problem of deforestation because we realized that If only we could produce an alternative product to timber that was strong, longer lasting, cheaper and environmentally sustainable, we could definitely profit from the profitable timber market while helping to save our forests. Using post consumer plastic waste our business employs an innovative plastic extrusion technology and uses an innovative manufacturing technique to transform plastic garbage into durable and environment-friendly plastic lumbers which are normally made in 12ft on average and shaped either round or square for building, floor decking and construction activities.

Our Innovation goal is for coming three years to withdraw over 3.5 million kilograms of plastic garbage from the environment and around the oceans and use them to manufacture plastic lumber and then we will be saving an estimated 600 acres of forest that would have been cut, same time we will be preventing 3,500 Tons of Carbon dioxide gas emissions further mitigating the climate change.


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  • Name:
    Christian Mwijage
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    Business Owner/Manager
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    We want to be a part of solution to the Climate change issue, that we have designed a product to replace the use of wood from timber so as to conserve our forests and maintaining them as water catchments areas because forests act as carbon sinks by removing CO2 from the atmosphere hence mitigating climate change. Our innovation ensures health environment, preserving our forests, reduce the carbon gases that occurs during burning of plastic waste in landfills which mitigate the climate change and also provides employment opportunities.
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