Project status: In use

Precious Plastic

A community that develops machines to tackle plastic waste.

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Germany, Cottbus. Open Knowledge Foundation. 14.12.2021 Photo Jan Michalko

Which problem is being solved, and how?

Plastic waste is a widely spread problem. Precious Plastic has developed machinery that can recycle plastic waste on any site. This includes the shredder pictured, but also a press and various extruders that allow the shredded plastic to be re-molded into new shapes.

Why is this a good example?

Precious Plastic is far beyond its prototype status. The project shows how open hardware can grow a global movement that works together on a problem. This not only helps to ensure that plastic waste is recycled, but also raises awareness of the need for generating less waste. Local groups often focus on their specific surroundings and involve their neighbors, thus raising awareness of the problem.

How can you support this project?

Start your own local community or donate to the project.