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Plastic bricks in Kenya: Nzambi Matee - Young Champion of the Earth 2020

Nzambi Matee is a Kenyan engineer who produces sustainable low-cost construction materials made of recycled plastic waste. In 2020, Nzambi was honoured with the United Nations Environment Programme's 2020 Young Champions of the Earth prize.
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Nzambi Matee is a Kenyan engineer and head of Gjenge Makers Ltd., a social enterprise that produces sustainable low-cost construction materials made of recycled plastic waste.
Nzambi was honoured with the United Nations Environment Programme's 2020 Young Champions of the Earth prize, recognizing outstanding environmental leaders from the public and private sectors.

The Young Champions of the Earth prize is the leading initiative to engage youth in tackling the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Seven winners were announced in December 2020. The winners are given funding and mentorship to support their environmental initiative. Since its inception in 2017, 28 environmental trailblazers have been recognized from every corner of the globe.

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