[00:00.00]Olayemi Samson is a Nigerian entrepreneur.
[00:04.43]He is turning plastic waste into useful things like clothing, school bags, car covers and shoes.
[00:14.74]Samson says he is doing his part to fight pollution and support recycling while making a style statement.
[00:24.91]A World Bank report says the city of Lagos makes about 9,000 metric tons of waste a day.
[00:35.31]Samson says part of that waste includes about 27 million plastic water bags.
[00:43.43]“This waste, it takes takes 20 to 30 years before they decay. Where are they going to?”
[00:49.60]Samson says that is when he came up with the idea of changing the waste into something useful.
[00:58.04]The first step in Samson’s process is to collect the used bags from a dumpsite.
[01:04.96]Then, he washes them.
[01:08.65]After that, he can begin to sew the bags together, making car covers, school bags and other goods.
[01:18.88]His latest recycled creation is a raincoat.
[01:23.69]Some people cannot see past the history of Samson’s creations.
[01:30.38]Emmanuel Itiniyi of Lagos says the products are dirty.
[01:36.31]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.”
[01:47.88]But others are more accepting, like Victor Anyaese.
[01:53.54]“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.”
[02:06.41]Samson’s business is not profitable yet.
[02:10.80]But he hopes his work will help push young people and people in power to protect the environment.
[02:18.93]I'm Jonathan Evans.