MEET: The African Genius Who Turns Plastic Waste Into Beautiful Sandals.
Who would have thought one could use a plastic waste to produce beautiful sandals? Nobody, but guess what people are really thinking out of the box and making it big time. People have decided to develop their homes in order to make it the best place in the world.
It is one thing to set -up a business and another to create business opportunities which would solve the problem of unemployment in the country.
A genius from Ghana, called Makafui Awuku has chosen to raise the standards of the country and Africa at large to have created something spectacular.
McKingtorch Footwear Africa which was launched on 7th July 2020 by, Makafui Awuku is a social enterprise that turns plastic waste into useful art and other useful products. It has successfully developed adorable sandals from plastic waste
They have successfully developed beautiful sandals from plastic waste, otherwise known as pure water bags. The company turns shredded LDPE and HDPE plastic waste into leather-like materials and then into art.
McKingtorch Africa found innovative ways to make use of pure water bags that have littered Ghana’s capital city Accra. They shred the waste, and through a smokeless process under temperatures of more than 300 degrees, turns the material into a sheet to produce sandals.
He made a Christmas tree with used plastic bottles for the upcoming Christmas celebration which he mounted on a very busy street in Madina, a suburb of Accra, and people thronged to see it. The success of his very first project gave him the energy and confidence to try other stuff as well.
In January 2018, he registered his business as a social enterprise and started ‘thinking wild’. First, he thought of using plastic bottles to make waste-bins, flower pots, sandals, bracelets, necklaces, and artworks among others. Then he started installing the waste-bins on streets and other public places.
As part of his campaign to promote the re-use of plastic waste, he installed a fence at Ofankor police barrier in Accra by using about 10,000 bottles.
The footwear brand has plans to roll out a waste Buy-Back program to urge households and people to separate waste from pure water bags in exchange for money. According to the company, they plan to make more than 5,000 pairs of these sandals in the next 12 months with the aim of recovering seven tons of plastic waste bags through the project.
Some of the products made from plastic waste include their simplest designs of sandals made from 16 pieces of one-inch squares of recycled single-use plastic bags in it.
The footwear comes in different designs with both localized and foreign names including Sankofa, Borlaife, Duafe, Joy, and Freedom, among others.
Makafui wants his social enterprise to be a leading entity in innovations that will put plastic waste to good use in creating jobs and influence the attitude of Ghanaians on how to handle plastic waste as a resource.
In the next five years, he wants to convert plastic waste into raw materials that can be used in the construction sector.