There’s no denying that plastic can have a very drastic effect on the environment.
“One of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics,” wrote David Barnes, a lead author and researcher for the British Antarctic Survey in a report comprised by over 60 scientists on the effect plastic is having on our environment.
Even when we recycle, a large portion still goes directly to landfills. It’s a big problem and people are starting to take matters into their own hands.
Like Precious Plastic for example, started by innovator David Hakkens who has a plan to ” allow people, anywhere in the world to transform plastic waste into valuable things.”
For the past two years, he and his team have been creating machines that will enable people to recycle plastic waste, locally. Not only this, but everything in this project is being shared, including blueprints of machines that are built with simple materials and instructions of how to build them.
It is his hope that anyone in the world will be able to build these machines and, once they do, experiment on finding a range of new items that can be made from the recycled materials.
“The primary goal is to recycle as much plastic as we possibly can. This would clean up our shared environment, improve living conditions and possibly create financial value!” Says Hakkens.
It doesn’t stop there, they guys at Precious Plastic have a global community goal in mind where everyone becomes more aware of the dangers of non-recycled plastic and works together to lessen it’s impact.
The products that are made with the machines are practical and look really cool as well. Not only are you helping to save the planet by recycling in this manner, you’re also getting some fantastic looking pieces at the end!
If you’re interested in this initiative, you can check out their website here. Also, take a look at the video below to see these machines in action!