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Waste Management

Eighty-five climate-friendly innovations qualify for #NoWasteChallenge finals

Eighty-five climate-friendly innovations have qualified for the #NoWasteChallenge competition finals announced by What Design Can Do (WDCD). The global-design competition by WDCD and IKEA Foundation, in partnership with Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC), was launched earlier this year to seek out designers and innovators worldwide to create and find innovations that offer a solution to

New invention uses microbes to breakdown waste into valuable resources

It is possible to treat waste at the source and also make it reusable for agricultural purposes. The trick is using specialized bacteria, whose metabolic activities can convert simpler chemicals into valuable products through a microbial growth process. The use of microbes to recycle waste is what a Kenyan based company, Ecosave Africa, is implementing.

How a Kenyan engineering firm is converting plastic waste into clean energy

In Njiru town, off Kangundo road lies an engineering firm that has put resource recovery at heart with the aim of creating value from waste that would otherwise go to landfill. The firm, Adarsh polymer Limited, is converting plastic waste into affordable clean energy solutions through a process called pyrolysis.  During an interview with the

Kenya’s losing battle against e-waste

Electronic waste (e-waste) has proven to be a fundamental challenge for Kenya over the years. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEE Centre) states that Kenya generates an average of 3,000 tons of e-waste each year from electronic devices such as computers, monitors, printers, mobile phones, fridges and batteries just to mention a few. The

Food index report: Tackling food waste for environmental sustainability

Globally, food waste has become an increasingly recognized environmental issue over the last decade. In a world where approximately 800 million people suffer from hunger, food waste is not only an ethical issue but also an environmental problem that cannot be overlooked. In a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (Food Index Report

Fast fashion: An environmental disaster

The fashion industry has been rapidly growing. In the last 15 years alone, clothing production has doubled, accounting for 60% of all the textile production. The Green America’s Toxic textile report states that the textile industry alone produces 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year and accounts for around 20 percent of global industrial

Kenyan inventors unveil device to scoop plastic out of rivers

Nairobi and Ngong rivers flowing through Kenya’s capital provide an excellent example of heavily polluted rivers. Despite being the main sources of water for residents of low-income settlements, the rivers also serve as dumping sites for households, industrial wastes and human wastes as many homes don’t have toilets. In a bid to offer solutions to

Haven’t we all been bad designers?

Around the world, landfills are growing by some 3.5 million tonnes of garbage every day. In the time it’ll take you to read this article, the equivalent of two truckloads of plastic will have entered the oceans. Considering that waste is not an accident, that’s a lot of bad design.  We need to face this

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How Kenya is fighting waste management for a cleaner and safer environment

As waste keeps piling up on landfills and dumpsites, more ventures are coming up with different ways of recycling waste into art and other creative innovations to help curb waste management. In Kenya, both the government and the youth are at the forefront of mitigating plastic pollution and waste management in general through policies and

The golden age of plastic recycling is here

Across the world, plastic is one of the most used materials, but managing end-of-life plastic products remains a seemingly intractable challenge. However, there are signs of green shoots around us that promise to unleash a revolution around better plastic waste management. While much ground remains uncovered, more and more businesses are opting to recycle, upcycle