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Nyawachi Obiero: Egerton University Graduate Turning Plastic Waste And Water Hyacinth Into Cheap Building Blocks

Nyawachi Obiero, a visionary entrepreneur, has embarked on a groundbreaking mission to transform environmental eyesores into opportunities for sustainable living.

As he walked amidst plastic waste and water hyacinth, he realized the urgent need for innovative solutions to address these challenges.

Motivated by a deep concern for the environment and armed with his background in Material Science and aeronautical engineering, Obiero founded Femto Industries, a green startup dedicated to transforming plastic waste and water hyacinth into raw materials for revolutionary building blocks.

“I was motivated to come up with the innovation to address the effects of climate change and water hyacinth in our lakes,” says Mr Nyawachi Obiero who did undergraduate studies in Material Science from Egerton University in 2014

His vision is not just about cleaning up the environment; it’s about reimagining construction practices in a way that is both eco-friendly and economically viable.

The plastic waste menace, a global crisis contributing to pollution and climate change, found its match in his innovative approach.

By converting plastic waste into durable building blocks, he not only mitigates pollution but also provides an affordable and sustainable solution for the construction industry.

Additionally, his ingenious use of water hyacinth biomass as an alternative to mahogany wood in construction.

Water hyacinth, an invasive aquatic plant causing numerous problems in water bodies, is turned into a material that is not only strong and weather-resistant but also significantly cheaper than traditional wood options.

This innovation not only addresses the issue of deforestation but also offers a cost-effective alternative for builders and homeowners.

The building blocks developed by Femto Industries possess exceptional qualities. They exhibit superior resistance to weather, have a lower weight-to-volume ratio, and are 55% cheaper than commonly imported or mined construction materials.

Furthermore, these blocks are designed to interlock, reducing the need for cement by a staggering 46% during walling.

This reduction not only contributes to significant cost savings but also minimizes the carbon footprint associated with cement production, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Obiero’s dedication to his cause is evident in his efforts to patent these innovations and bring them to the commercial market.

By doing so, he is not only revolutionizing the construction industry in Kenya but also setting an inspiring example for sustainable practices across Africa and beyond.

His partnership with Moi University highlights the importance of collaboration between academia and entrepreneurs in addressing pressing global challenges.

Beyond the immediate impact on the environment, Obiero’s initiative represents a broader shift toward sustainable living.

It emphasizes the power of creative thinking and innovation in solving environmental crises.

By turning waste into valuable resources, Obiero is paving the way for a circular economy, where materials are continuously reused, reducing the burden on natural resources and minimizing environmental degradation.