The Economy is Wasteful
Plastic is a valuable and finite resource. So why are only 10% of plastics worldwide recycled? Manufacturers often do not want to use recycled plastics because their production process is not adapted to it. This leads to local economies throwing plastic into landfill or burning it in incinerators. Most plastic cannot degrade in landfill and a large amount ends up in our waterways and oceans. Burning it causes air pollution and certainly doesn't do climate change any favours. This is not the fault of the consumer.
An Intervention in the System
We made an intervention with our prototype installation, bypassing current waste management systems. We bring the installation to events, collect and recycle cups from attendees and create new products using a 3D printer.
At station 1, cups are cleaned and dried.
At station 2, cups are shredded and filtered into small pieces.
At station 3 the cups are heated and extruded into tiny pieces and then spooled into a thin wire.
Station 4 is where the magic happens. The thin wire made at station 3 is used as a filament for a 3D printer and new products are created.
The installation gives consumers an incentive to hand in their waste: a cup for a ring! Now, the seemingly worthless plastic can be transformed into something that has more lasting value and the consumer that made it has forever changed their mind about plastic products.
How many cups are needed to make an item depends on the size of the cups and the item to be made.
Now that we have spread the love in Europe, we want everyone in Australia to have a chance to feel it too. To do this we need to build a new installation and transport it to Australia. We expect this to cost about $30 000 AUD, but commit to pledge $15 000 AUD ourselves. For the remainder, we invite you to be part of this awesome challenge and can’t wait to have you on board to start creating cool new products from recycled plastic.
Keep updated on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PerpetualPlasticProjectAustralia
Risks and challenges
The great thing about Perpetual Plastic Project Australia is that the installation is designed and manufactured at headquarters in the Netherlands. This means there will be no unexpected faults, no exploited workers and good quality equipment. However, this also means higher costs and potential for longer manufacturing time frame. We estimate that the installation will arrive in Australia approximately 3 months after the Kickstarter project ends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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