By Nnamdi Odumody
In Nigeria, 3,000 tons of waste is generated daily. Due to an ineffective waste management system, this leads to blockage of drainage and waterways, and environmental degradation, resulting in flooding (like in Lagos), and spreading cholera and other waterborne diseases. There are 24.4 million homeless people in Nigeria and the nation needs 17 million houses to solve its housing paralysis.
Brickify wants to fix this friction by recycling plastic waste into paving blocks/bricks that are used to construct roads and to build low cost houses for the poor, internally displaced persons from conflicts and epidemic, as well as those living in shanties/slums.
These blocks contain recycled plastic and are thermoplastic polyolefins of high rigidity, crystallinity, high melting point and excellent chemical resistance. The blocks are lightweight, and modular i.e. they can be moved from one location to another and can easily be coupled while not requiring skilled labor as they interlock.
Brickify seeks to offer an alternative future for the manufacture of structural and nonstructural elements for the construction of architectural projects by generating a construction system integrated with light elements, allowing quick installations; it is safe and inexpensive. Their construction system is 30 percent cheaper than traditional systems in rural areas.
Brickify is solving both the challenge of providing houses to meet demand and making the environment sustainable.