Transform Garbage into Timber for Building and Construction

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Every year more than 9 million tones of plastic garbage end up in our oceans causing threat to marine life, and by the year 2050 there could be more plastics than fish in the ocean, Plastic pollution doesn't just hurt marine species. It's also harmful to people. As plastic debris floats in the seawater, it absorbs dangerous pollutants like PCBs, DDT and PAH. These chemicals are highly toxic and have a wide range of chronic effects, including endocrine disruption and cancer-causing mutations. Practically solid waste management is one of the environmental problems that most African cities are struggling to manage. As the number of residents in most cities is increasing so is the production of solid waste. Very unfortunate, effective environmental and sustainable measures to manage the waste are lacking. For example our country generates about 14,800 tones waste every day of which 48% is plastic waste and packaging materials. Plenty of these solid wastes can be found everywhere within the city and round homes, streets ending to oceans. While both the local administrators and environmental legal bodies  understands the health risks involved, the lack of financial and technological capability has left the city residents grasping for help.

On the other hand, Deforestation is a big problem, a 2015 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that Earth's total forest area continues to decrease at about 13 million hectares per year. In our country we saw our forests are fast depleting, the growing demand for timber in building and construction activities was putting a lot of pressure on the country’s forests reserves and natural forests around Mount Kilimanjaro  (Our country loses about 400,000 hectares of forest every year).  If nothing was done quickly, our country would suffer irreparable environmental damage. But 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 forests and preventing plastic waste and packaging materials ending into oceans.

ECOACT Tanzania, Is a social enterprise that have developed a chemical free and energy conserving plastic extrusion technology called “Waxy ӀӀ technology” to recycle and transform post consumer plastic garbage and packaging materials into durable and long lasting plastic timbers, Plastic timbers are affordable alternative to wood timbers, hence reduces the need for building material manufactured from wood, helping to preserve forests, cut down on deforestation and further mitigation of climate change. The plastic timbers which are ideal product for building, construction and furniture making are normally made in 10ft on average and shaped either round or square.

Our technology is environmental friendly, that uses natural profiled waxy ( from the bees)  inversion in the plastic extrusion process set at different temperatures, the technology helps plastic materials of different polymers reach their melting point quickly while retaining their original stability and strength, hence low energy consumption resulting to low production costs, enabling production of plastic timber which are 32% less compared to price of wood timber, the technology converts more than 12 different types of plastics and packaging materials, producing durable, long lasting, termite resistant plastic timbers used in building and construction estimated to last more than 60 years without replacement whether used in sunny areas, marine or in water applications. We are simply the pioneer of chemical free and energy conserving plastic extrusion technology in Africa.

 

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