Precious Plastic: the idea behind these do-it-yourself machines is that anyone can build and use them to make new and useful products from plastic waste.
Making Plastic Precious: putting recycling straight into the hands of people, where they live
Dutch designer and inventor, Dave Hakkens, has created a series of open-source blueprints for a variety of do-it-yourself “Precious Plastic” recycling machines. The idea behind the scheme is that anyone can build and use the machinery to make products from plastic waste.
Precious Plastic is a global community of people working towards a solution to plastic pollution
Precious Plastic is a global community of hundreds of people working towards a solution to plastic pollution. Knowledge, tools and techniques are shared online, for free. So everyone can start.
"We are independent, poor but free," says their website. Hundreds of people all over the world contribute to the project with their skills & knowledge, or with single or monthly donations. Precious Plastic was started in 2013 by Dave Hakkens and is now at its third iteration, counting on dozens of people working on the project, remotely or on site in the Netherlands.
This is how it works:
Once you get it all set up, it really is a production line.
Find a space: First step is to find the right place to create your workspace. Precious Plastic teach you how to do it in a shipping container (because it is easy to replicate, as containers are to be found worldwide) but it could be made anywhere depending on what’s convenient for you.
‘It takes an army to tackle global problems’ — Precious Plastic Community