Dutch designer Dave Hakkens tackles the issue of plastic pollution with his Precious Plastic machines, which allows anyone to build and make products by recycling the material.
The set includes a plastic shredder, an extruder, an injection moulder, and a rotation moulder, all of which can be used to turn waste plastic into new products.
This means that instead of having the plastic end up in ocean beds or landfills or inside animals, it can be shredded and moulded to the shape of a flower pot or even a clock. With the Precious Plastic machines, Hakkens has created chopping boards, bowls, clipboards, and plant pots that feature a distinctive mottled pattern of colors – all from waste material.
"Most of [the plastic] will end up in the wrong place, landfills, oceans, inside animals," he says, "it's damaging our earth." Hakkens hopes to address the reported 311 million tons of plastic waste created around the world each year, with which less than 10 per cent of is currently recycled.
You can build your very own Precious Plastics machines by downloading the blueprints online preciousplastic.com.
via Dezeen, images via Precious Plastic