HyaPak

Creating sustainable solutions that the world needs

At HyaPak, we primarily convert water hyacinth (world’s most problematic aquatic weed) into biodegradable alternatives to single-use disposable plastic products like wrappers, straws, tumblers, and party plates. These biodegrade from 3 to 12 months.

We also hold environmental pollution mitigation measures such as tree plantings and river cleanups that involve people at community levels.

 
What we are doing?

HyaPak is changing the way we use and dispose plastics

Our commitment is to tackle both plastic waste pollution and water hyacinth infestation through innovation. 

Ultimately, we want to make you change the way you interact with conventional packaging plastics in your day-to-day activities, and have you opt for biodegradable alternatives…not just because they are eco-friendly, but also cheaper, more reliable, and with a and higher quality

Kenya's President, Dr William Ruto, displays HyaPak products ♥

So how exactly do we transform a weed into biodegradable plastic?

1. Harvesting

We take great deal in sourcing water hyacinth with the help of the affected fishermen and community members 

2. Drying

This involves ensuring that the water hyacinth is dried and crushed thoroughly to the highest quality  to meet our standards before proceeding with the conversion process.

3. Development

Through a meticulous extraction process, we obtain the fibers from water hyacinth, which will be converted into biodegradable alternatives.

4. Conversion

Using innovative techniques, and patented processes, we convert the extracted fibers into biodegradable alternatives for single-use plastic products.

5. Quality Control

After molding, our production process ensures the creation of eco-friendly products that biodegrade within 3 to 6 months, but with a possibility to extend to 12 months or slightly more depending on the intended use case.

How Else We Create Impact

and transform livelihoods

01

Blue Economy & Biodiversity Loss

Water hyacinth, is an invasive aquatic weed that disrupts water flow, hinders biodiversity, and impacts livelihoods. UNEP lists this as the ‘world’s most problematic aquatic weed’.

02

Circular Economy & Pollution

Plastic waste pollutes our land and waterways, harming wildlife, land ecosystems, and marine life. Each product we make offers an alternative to a plastic product that would have ended up polluting.

03

Green Jobs

We involve the affected local communities in our initiatives and help create a positive change in their socioeconomic livelihoods.

04

Carbon Offset

Each product we make offsets emissions that would have been produced if a similar oil-based plastic product was to be manufactured

SOCIAL IMPACT

We then take it a notch higher...beyond the science and labs into community action

Because combating the climate crisis needs both research and awareness. Our little green step takes this into community action projects. 

Adopt A River

An initiative that focuses on mobilising community members at the grassroots level to clean up a section of a polluted river running beside their community (about 10 to 20m), as we engage them on the importance of environmental conservation and restoration. 

We are collaborating with Larry Dwayne to make this happen!

So far, this initiative has included Kenya’s most polluted river; the Nairobi River, and River Kandisi

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Tree Planting Activities

Wouldn’t it be great to do something that out-lives you and positively impacts the next generations as well?

Our tree planting initiatives have had us plant thousands of seedlings in Mau Escarpments and Ngong Forests to rehabilitate the water catchment areas.

20

Hectares restored from Water Hyacinth in Lake Naivasha

30000

Seedlings planted by our team across Kenya

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Green Jobs Created

Some of our Awards

East Africa Youth for Climate Action

IGAD / ICPAC

Best Innovation in Kenya

East Africa Community (EAC)

Best Manufacturing Startup in Kenya

Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA)

Top 30 Startups In Africa

Yale Africa Startup Review (YASR)

Battle Of The Minds

B-Tomorrow Ventures

Best Innovation at COP 28

Nature, Food and Water category at Prototypes for Humanity

And we are just getting started

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