Who needs to cut trees for posts anymore when we have long lasting fencing material from recycled plastic from more than 2,000 metric tons of waste a day in Kenya?
The CNN has covered the talented eco-preneur Lorna Rutto and inspirtional founder of EcoPost, a social enterprise created in response to the need to find alternative waste management solutions to Kenya’s huge plastic waste problem.
Lorna founded EcoPost in 2009 she founded her company leaving a prestigious and secure banking job having earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. It was a risk then but now, the recycling company which collects waste plastic and uses them to manufacture commercially viable, highly durable, and environmentally friendly fencing poles that have been used widely across Kenya, a good example is the fencing Aberdare National Park.
Watch the CNN Feature video of African Startup EcoPost
Her environmentally friendly conservation efforts have earned her numerous awards. In 2011, Lorna was recognised by the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards as their laureate for sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014, Lorna won the Green Award by the Transform Kenya Awards, a joint initiative of the Standard Group and Deloitte. Other awards include World Wildlife Fund’s Nature Award, 2010 SEED Award, the 2009 Enablis Business Award, the 2010 Bid Network Nature.
EcoPost directly employs over 50 staff and 500 others who work indirectly. And while talking to CNN, Lorna has dreams to scale to Africa and globally.
Apart from fencing posts, EcoPost produces Signage posts, and plastic planks.
See Lorna Rutto’s full bio at lionessesofafrica.com