To the unknowing eye, water hyacinth plants are beautiful. The lovely lavender-colored flowers contrast with the bright green leaves, creating what one might assume is a pleasing sight. But in the Philippines, water hyacinths are a nuisance, to put it mildly.
The invasive plant grows extremely quickly -- so quickly that it clogs drainage systems and creates substantial floods in poor communities that are ill-equipped to cope with the fallout. They can’t pull the plant fast enough to prevent its spread, leaving farmers and local citizens in a vicious cycle. Eniday described the water hyacinth as “the schoolyard bully of the horticultural world.”
That’s where entrepreneur Jackie Yap saw an opportunity. He first learned about the water hyacinth crisis when he was a renewable engineering Ph.D. student in his native Malaysia. He planned to work in a power plant after finishing his studies, but he felt compelled to do more hands-on work.
"It's cleaner, it’s cheaper and it burns longer"
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