We turn plastic waste into items of value
Much like there is a lack of a waste management system in Uganda, there is also a lack of environmentally-friendly products on offer within the construction industry.
Furthermore, in order for us to make our organisation sustainable, and to maintain our ability to keep paying the community for their plastic, Eco Brixs needs to generate an income.
This is where our Eco-Products come in. We create items of value, certified bricks or pavers, from plastic waste. We then sell these in order to generate an income. This allows us to keep paying the community for their plastic, therefore maintaining our closed-loop system.
These Eco-Products also have the advantage of being more environmentally-friendly than their concrete counterparts, as well as holding several other advantages, offering an alternative in the construction industry.
This is the basis for our model: creating innovative items of value from waste - from something which was once considered to have no value.
This allows us to move towards a circular, sustainable economy - our aim.
The plastic waste is collected through our network of 'Community Recycling Centres'. It is then brought to our main site, which is where the factory team take over. They create the bricks and pavers out of a mix of sand and plastic, after passing it through an extruding process.
The finished product has several advantages over their concrete counterparts:
Their weight is 2.66 kg - this is 1.36kg lighter than concrete.
The crushing load is 1381.3 - this is 756.9 times stronger than concrete.
Also, the ultimate compressive strength is 51.2, which is 20.1 times stronger than concrete.
Our business model allows us to sell our products at a 33% cheaper price than conctrete.
The production is more environmentally-friendly than the process to produce concrete
The product has been certified by Tech Labs Ltd. to international standards
This process allows us to create something better than concrete and keep giving people money for their plastic.
It also allows us to grow our collection network, and in turn, collection more plastic to help the environment, create more income opportunities, and to set up more Eco Clubs to further education.
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