Lorna Rutto is passionate about eradicating poverty and creating job opportunities for Kenyans. Her company, Ecopost, utilizes waste plastic to manufacture plastic lumber and posts which provides an alternative to timber.
Since 2009, the company has so far created 40 direct and over 500 indirect jobs to people in the marginalized communities, withdrawn over 1.5 Million kilos of plastic waste from the environment, manufactured and sold over 30,000 plastic poles generating more than US$ 300,000 in Revenue. EcoPost has thus saved over 350 Acres of forests further mitigating climate change. EcoPost won the 2010 Bid Network Nature Challenge Award, 2010 SEED Award and the 2009 Enablis Business Award.
Lorna and EcoPost attended the 2012 Unreasonable Institute. The Unreasonable Institute arms entrepreneurs creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems with the mentorship, capital, and networks they need to do so.