Precious Plastic machine at work

“In case you didn’t notice. . “

Everywhere you go, grocery stores are using less plastic bags, companies are reducing the use of plastic in their water and soda bottles, and eco-friendly companies are finding new ways to transport their products. The next logical question for someone concerned with the well-being of the planet and his or her community then becomes “How can I help?”

Well here is a very creative and innovative way to do it at home, through the genius of Precious Plastic!  For just the cost of the materials needed to create the open source machine, you can recycle plastic and make a wide range of products.

The goal of Precious Plastic, a project by Dutch designer and entrepreneur Dave Hakkens, is to “allow people, anywhere in the world to transform plastic waste into valuable things.”

The simple plan is to

1. Develop Machines that recycle plastic waste locally

2. Share the machines for free, using open source blueprints online and basic tools and materials

3. Spread the know-how to build the machines and that the blueprints are available

4. Create the machines so people can experiment, create & produce new products from local plastic waste

5. Clean up & recycle as much plastic as possible, in turn cleaning the environment and improve living conditions

6. Develop a world-wide community of plastic savers working for a cleaner future.

According to Precious Plastic everything from jars & bowls and vases & baskets to buckets & boxes and bricks & thread and raw material can be created from existing plastic products.

Precious Plastic creations

Check out the extensive videos to wet your whistle and get started doing it yourself here!

“Whether we like it or not, plastic is our inherited toxic legacy. Let’s use it as a resource to create new value and social innovation. Join the revolution. Start building!”