For sustainable society


Sustainable and affordable homes

Kenya’s IT industry has continued to grow and has become known as the Silicon Savannah. In addition, the largest shopping mall in East Africa has been built in Nairobi. The large supermarket “Carrefour” targeting the wealthy occupies an extremely large sales floor, which is different from the image of Kenya so far. On the other hand, the gap between rich and poor still remains, and there are still many people living in poor environments such as slums. To solve this housing problem, UN Habitat (* 1) and Norwegian startup OTHALO have formed a partnership to build a house using plastic waste.

Nearly one billion people live in slums today, according to OTHALO’s announcement, and 160 million low-priced homes are needed in sub-Saharan Africa alone. And with rapid urbanization, the number of homes needed will increase to 360 million by 2050. Many stakeholders, such as the United Nations and the World Bank, have made the housing crisis a top priority, but have been concerned that traditional building methods are not adapted to sustainability. The solution was OTHALO’s patented technology for manufacturing building materials such as walls, ceilings, and roofs from 100% recycled plastic. By using this patented technology, it will be possible to build sustainable and affordable homes.