Water Hyacinth, or Plastic?

     A Czech firm is using 6th century Japanese techniques to turn Lake Victoria’s invasive problem into paper. “Very simple techniques like manual hand-beating using wooden hammers,” said Michal Gorec, owner of the Papyrea hand paper mill in Zdislava. Gorec says he chose this technique to keep manufacturing in-line with what his partners wanted, “The basic requirement from our African colleagues was that [there] were no chemicals and no electricity at Lake Victoria.” Gorec hopes to turn the process into a successful industry,“Now we need to find the sources to build up a paper mill, to do the educational training for the people. This is the main part of the project.”