FROM JUNK TO JEWEL
The recycling of plastics remains one of the biggest challenges when it comes to sustainability. Even though the material is basically made to be recycled, over 90% isn’t and either ends up on a landfill or burnt. However, one of the most inspiring ‘What Design Can Do’ keynote speakers found a way to recycle plastic in a accessible and easy way. If you happen to be a bit tech savvy, you can even start recycling from your own home!
In 2013, designer Dave Hakkens graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven with his ‘Precious Plastic’ and the project has been ever-growing since. What started out as one-stop-miracle-plastic-recycle-shop, is now a global community that aims to reduce the wasteful footprint we are currently leaving behind. By posting the blueprints of his plastic cutting, melting & molding machines online, he enabled anyone with a passion for durable design to open up a workspace themselves. The result? A new one is popping up every week!
This sustainable venture links to multiple of our trends, one of which is New Engagements. As a result of the Inline landscape we currently live in, people are shifting towards a collective mindset in which community and crowdfunded based platforms are preferred over going to the bank when looking for funding. Precious Plastic is a perfect example of this, as it’s entirely community based and self-funded. It's also an example of our Designated Design trend, which revolves around disruptive innovations that have the power to radically change the way we consume and produce.
However, Dave did recently win €300,000 worth of prize money, all of which he is going to invest to launch version 4 of the project. Check out the video below to follow the journey or to find out how you can start your own recycling work space!
P.S. You can also check out his other videos while you’re at it. Dave touches on various relevant topics like data, Facebook and the environmental challenges regarding electric cars.