The entrepreneurial flair exuded by young Africans shows the unstoppable willingness to provide sustainable solutions to the problems affecting communities. Two young South African ladies started a business that uses recycled plastic to make bricks.
They immediately went viral on Twitter for their excellence and innovative ways to reduce unemployment and also saving the environment at the same time.
A Twitter user celebrated the enterprising efforts of these young people saying, " These ladies make bricks that are made from recycled plastic, the young ladies employed 15 young other people and created a number of indrt indirect employment by employing a number of waist pickers who they buy plastic from. First plastic bricks in South Africa."
Plasti-Bricks is the name of their budding product and the way they are solving these two problems at once - unemployment and plastic waste - is simply commendable.
Some doubted the durability of these bricks. But this is not the first venture of its kind. In Ghana, Nelplast Ghana is a company that "transforms waste plastics and sand into durable Eco-friendly bricks that is used in the construction of roads/roofing and building construction."
When done in the correct sense with the environmental solutions in mind, the bricks are of admirable longevity.
The young women said, "Thank you so much for engaging with us, yes the bricks have the same look an feel as the conventional cement bricks so they can be cemented and plastered like any other brick." They were responding to the question, "Can we really build with these bricks?"
Their website homepage reads, "At Ramtsilo Manufacturing & Construction, our mission is to solve the plastic waste problem while providing a sustainable housing solution. Whether its household renovations or new mall construction we make it easier to achieve a finished project by supplying what you need the most... The BRICKS!"
They are a focused team that is keen on delivering sustainable solutions to the environment while providing employment and creating a robust business structure withing the construction industry.
They hail the PlastiBrick as their most innovative product and the future looks bright for them!
Header image credit - Twitter (@boondocksie)