The idea to convert trash to saleable products struck Olamide Ayeni-Babajide while on a trip to Dubai where she bought home décor made out of corn husk.
Recognizing the dollar value of Lagos’s trash, she began collecting discarded plastic spoons, paper, corn husk and wine corks to manufacture wall decor and embellished mirrors for sale. Her foray into recycling soon proved successful, and in 2016 Pearl Recyclingwas born.
To date, the company has trained over 250 people on ways to transform solid waste into valuable items. In schools, they have supplied furniture repurposed from tires and students are taught how to build them from scratch. They are also informed about the impact of waste on the environment and the rationale for recycling.