First let’s take a trip west to Ghana. The sustainable project we at Staiy chose to focus on was what is now the Nelplast Ghana Limited. What we really want to highlight throughout this article is the level of brilliance and innovation. Starting off with Nelplast, this industrial company is the brainchild of Mr. Nelson Boateng. An engineer by degree, Boateng came up with a way to break down plastic waste, and then use it to make concrete blocks. Nelplast’s mission is to be a leader in plastic recycling and innovation, all the while working for the benefit of both the environment and the people. “Our vision is to go beyond the ordinary […] This we believe requires dedication and innovation without compromising on environmental issues” nor the “health and safety standards at the workplace”.
To the east in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, we find Shitaye, Tigist and Friends. At first glance, it is a regular local eatery, so what makes this restaurant so intriguing? It is the fact that they have secured the unofficial title of the country’s “first environmentally-friendly restaurant”. This sustainable project runs entirely on biogas which is made using human waste collected through a nearby public bathroom. According to Youmatter, biogas is made in the absence of oxygen, which makes this process an anaerobic digestion. “Simply put, there’s a fermentation process that breaks down organic matter, turning what once was waste into a source of energy that can be used to heat, cool, cook, or for regular electricity production, once it’s burned.” Jane Wharton, writing for The Reporter Ethiopia, says that the process takes about a month and produces not only gas, but also slurry that is “taken to nearby farms and used as crop fertilizer”.