MAKERERE: A student of Makerere University in Kampala pursuing Bachelor of Commerce external program is a smiling man after his passion to fight climate change lands him a fortune.
Okello Richards’ endeavors to rid his environment of Plastic bottle and polythene waste begun as a small passion. Where he collected and used the bottles and polythene to make funky construction blocks and flower vessels. Little did Richard know he was getting his hands on his fortune as he later established a construction company (Aficon Construction Company) that builds using plastic and polythene waste.
Proudly speaking at the entrepreneurship trade expo of various institutions Richard narrates that as Ugandans he believes we can work together with other countries to fight climate change and that was the main fueling factor that lead him to gather partners to build a business on constructing houses out of dumped plastic bottles and polythene bags to conserve the environment. ”
It is unbelievable how Richard discovered an opportunity from what many would consider an environmental hazard and converts it to a dream come true opportunity.
“I get a water bottle and fix polythene bags inside them to come up with a plastic brick”. “He says. Adding that his method of construction is cheap and affordable compared to the regular building bricks. Richard buys a kilo gram (sack) of plastic bottles at only 500 shillings and that kilogram can build a larger area that would be built by 20 to 50 bricks equivalent to 20,000 Uganda shillings.
While talking to journalism@mak magazine, Richard says he has not only landed a fortune but has continued to live his dream of fighting Climate change. “If you use polythene bags and plastic bottles to construct a house, you will not be tempted in any way to cut down trees or do quarrying to mold bricks which could result to environmental degradation and consequent climate change.”
Richard and his partners also have some hidden passion for art, they cut the plastic bottles into smaller pieces and fix them with and adhesive to come up with unique flower shapes. Richards’ idea is amazing and continues to attract attention from many youth like Wangiku Emma, who believes all Ugandans should adopt this cost effective way of construction