Nigerian entrepreneur Olayemi Samson is working on his latest piece made from recycled waste to add to his collection.As a little boy models to finish the product of raincoat made of plastic, Samson says this is a way for him to fight pollution.
I got to understand that 27 million waste leads out on the street on a daily basis so I began to ask myself,that I mean, well this waste, it takes 20 to 30 years before the decay and where are they going to?
That’s when he told himself there’s a way of transforming the environmental nuisance into something useful.
First a trip to a dump site to pick up some water bags then washing and disinfecting them before applying his skill of turning the material into school bags, shower caps and even car covers.But while it took a moment for some to get used to the idea, he says, many have now embraced it.
When you get to wear the school bag, the raincoats, you know, they became like a style so now, because those are attracting people’s attention.What about this creativity of this waste you know, being used into something useful.
But not everyone is enthusiastic about the idea of reusing plastic bags as clothing.
No I cannot use it because these water sachets are dirty, it is not good, it is a waste product.I won’t allow my child to wear it as a cloth to go to school or bag to go to school.It doesn’t make any sense.Yes, I can use it because seeing the picture it looks lovely while it depends on the kind of outlet using it for.But I can use it about the furniture but I think it really comes to something very serious, I won’t use it.
According to a World Bank report, Lagos generates nine thousand metric tons of waste of daily.Samson whose business is not profitable, yet he says he hopes to be an inspiration to young people and those in authority when it comes to protecting the environment.
Mariama Diallo, VOA News.