- Environmental sustainability company, McKingtorch Africa, has unveiled its first bus shelter made from plastic waste
- The Bus Shelter Proof-of-Concept project is Ghana's first and possibly the first on the continent of Africa
- McKingtorch Africa commissioned the modern and solar-powered bus shelter on Thursday, February 3
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Ghana-based environmental sustainability company, McKingtorch Africa, has commissioned the country's first solar-powered bus shelter made from recycled and upcycled plastic waste.
The Bus Shelter Proof-of-Concept project is the country's first and possibly the first on the continent.
McKingtorch Africa unveiled the first bus shelter of the programme at Dzorwulu in Accra on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
Materials for installation
The installation consisted of recycled plastic waste beams, discarded Chale Wote (flip flops) collected from the Sakumono Might Beach in Accra, used car tires, used gallons and plastic waste bottle covers, and burnt clay bricks.
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The solar-powered bus shelter also has 3D-printed parts and two clocks to help the public keep up with time.
Aim of the project
With the Bus Shelter Proof-of-Concept initiative, McKingtorch Africa aims to explore the use of plastic beams innovation as a viable alternative for wood and other construction materials.
The project's specific objectives are to design, fabricate, and install a sustainable public space structure that people can experience, promote public-private partnerships in pursuing sustainable plastic waste recycling innovation programmes, among others.
Read about the project objectives and partners below:
Founder of McKingtorch Africa
Ghanaian creative and social entrepreneur Makafui Awuku is the genius creative behind McKingtorch Africa.
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The team turns shredded LDPE and HDPE plastic waste into leather-like materials and then into art.
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