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Do Your Own Plastic Recycling

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

In researching plastic pollution last week my partner and I found this company, Precious Plastic. The company was started in 2013 by Dave Hakkens who has provided a website on how to make a local recycling facility as well as plans to create your own plastic recycling machine. There are also projects in which you can turn your plastics into material for projects.


If you think about it plastic is everywhere so if you make a machine you essentially have a lot of material for art, 3D printing, perhaps even taking the plastics and selling them to companies who can use them.


Obviously the real solution is to stop using and buying products that contain plastic. Per this article on iNews plastic can be found in: cigarette butts, drinking cans, tea bags, kitchen cleaning products, face scrubs, toothpaste, shower gels, make up, sun block, clothing, coffee cups, chewing gum, etc. Clothing that contains nylon, acrylic, spandex and polyester fibres is a main contributor to microplastic pollution. Per this article on Friends of the Earth "one load of clothes could be shedding up to 17 million tiny plastic fibres." Cigarette butts are also terrible for the environment, see more at cigwaste.org.


If you want to make a plastic recycling system with me let me know!