After just a number of generations, plastic already took over the world. While this has started a revolution for design and manufacturing, it has also become one big menace in the planet due to its ease in production and its convenience. Even though collection and recycling of this material is becoming better and more accessible, there are still many areas where plastics turn out in landfills or dumps rather than at a recycling facility. They just essentially get buried. They could have been used to a greater benefit if only a machinery was available in order to do so.
The Precious Plastics project
A few years back, an article was written Kimberly Mok about Dave Hakken’s effort to put plastic recycling to people’s hands through the use of a series of machines. Hakken’s Precious Plastics project has promised a free and also open source plans, designs and instructions for creating the plastics recycling machines that have a plastic granulator, an injection, an extruding machine and a compression machine. This information is already available online to download and build.
Given the Precious Plastics v2.0 set-up designed to be created using simple tools and materials, the individuals, organizations or communities will be able to make plastic waste to new products. This recycles plastics locally where they are needed.
The company’s plan involves six simple parts.
- Develop machines
For two years already, they are creating machines to recycle the plastic waste.
- Share for free
The machines are created using simple tools and materials. The design is shared open source online.
- Spread the knowledge
To create these machines, people need to spread the knowledge that the designs are available.
When the machines are created, people can start with experimentation, creation and production of new products from their plastic waste.
- Clean up
The main goal is to be able to recycle as much as everyone can to clean the environment, have better living conditions and to create financial value.
To have a worldwide community of plastic savers working towards a cleaner future, sharing the know-how, helping one another and collaborating.