The Italian Design Day in Senegal offered the opportunity to present the fruit of Italian ingeniousness: ‘’Monolyto’’, a recycled plastic structure that replaces cement bricks. Manufactured in the region of Dakar from an Italian patent registered by the developer Maddalena Martigli, “Monolyto” represents an eco-sustainable and innovative solution that reduces the carbon footprint thanks to a product that is lighter and more solid than traditional bricks. The presentation took part at an event that was part of the initiatives for the 6th Italian Design Day 2022 dedicated to “Regeneration. Design and New Technologies for a Sustainable Development” which convened more than 70 institutional and business representatives, designers, and NGOs, both Senegalese and Italian, at the Comptoir Commercial du Senegal.
On opening the event, the Italian Ambassador to Senegal, Giovanni Umberto De Vito, underscored the “importance of this event in Senegal, our partner and privileged friend in West Africa”. He said: “It is a great honor to be able to count on the presence of members of the Italian and Senegalese Governments at this event, which highlights the creativity of our enterprises, applied to a dynamic economic sector whose potential is greatly boosted through bilateral cooperation”. The event was attended, among others, by the Undersecretary for Ecological Transition, Ilaria Fontana, who is on a visit to Dakar, and by the Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Urbanization of Senegal, Abass Ndiaye. “Reusing, repairing, renewing, and recycling existing materials and products is now a necessity that goes in parallel with the development of new materials, and with an ever-tighter cooperation between designers and producers,” said Ilaria Fontana.