Plastic remains an environmental scourge. It clogs waterways and chokes wildlife. It takes hundreds of years to biodegrade and much of it can’t be recycled. But a Kenyan company has a new use for plastic waste, including plastic that is discarded by factories as “unrecyclable”. Gjenge Makers combines the plastic waste with sand and compresses the heated mixture into bricks that are many times stronger than current alternatives. Nzambi Matee, the engineer behind the innovation, says her plant has processed 20 tons of plastic waste since 2017 and she expects it to be profitable by the end of this year.
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