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Nigerian Entrepreneur Turning Plastic Waste into Usable Items

2018-04-16

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  • Olayemi Samson is a Nigerian entrepreneur.
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  • He is turning plastic waste into useful things like clothing, school bags, car covers and shoes.
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  • Samson says he is doing his part to fight pollution and support recycling while making a style statement.
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  • A World Bank report says the city of Lagos makes about 9,000 metric tons of waste a day.
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  • Samson says part of that waste includes about 27 million plastic water bags.
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  • “This waste, it takes takes 20 to 30 years before they decay. Where are they going to?”
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  • Samson says that is when he came up with the idea of changing the waste into something useful.
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  • The first step in Samson’s process is to collect the used bags from a dumpsite.
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  • Then, he washes them.
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  • After that, he can begin to sew the bags together, making car covers, school bags and other goods.
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  • His latest recycled creation is a raincoat.
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  • Some people cannot see past the history of Samson’s creations.
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  • Emmanuel Itiniyi of Lagos says the products are dirty.
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  • He says, “I won’t allow my child to wear it as a cloth to go to school or a bag to go to school. It doesn’t make any sense.”
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  • But others are more accepting, like Victor Anyaese.
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  • “Yes I can use it because, seeing the picture, it looks lovely. But it depends on the kind of outfit I am using it for. But I can use it probably for leisure.”
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  • Samson’s business is not profitable yet.
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  • But he hopes his work will help push young people and people in power to protect the environment.
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