To simply say; Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, is good and all. But there is allready so much plastic in the world and in our oceans, that has do be dealt with and RECYCLED. It does not go away! It is only getting worse, and we still produce more and more cheap plastic products that are not being handled after the planned obsolescence.
Recycling companies want to collect waste for a fee and sell it on for a fee (like paper). When they have a waste like plastic bottles – which typically contain 3 types of plastic – they don’t want to invest the time and money separating it so it’s sent to landfill. Big recycling companies have no real desire to play about with plastic waste to make usable products. If they can’t sell it on they dump it.
Plastic is actually a precious material. It is made of fossil fuel, generally coming from oil, natural gas, or coal, wich is scarce. We just don't think that way about it, we just chunk it on the beach, in a bush or maybe in a bin where it is not being recycled, but burned.
We can make new precious things from waterbottles, or the lids from it, old DVD cases, shampoo bottles, plastic bags, the sky is the limit.
The Precious Plastic project made by Dave Hakkens in The Netherlands is a solution for recycling plastic waste locally. The idea is to separate, shred and melt the plastics into something new and sell it. Check it out: https://preciousplastic.com/en/creations.html
With my Plan B, I want to start recycling plastic waste locally in Denmark, using the Precious Plastic concept and under this umbrella. However, I need funding for building the machines, the rent, electricity and for product innovation and thereby getting the message on plastic pollution out and known that we CAN actually create cool new things from plastic waste.
I want to build the shop in a place called 'Urban City' where locals can come to workshops.
The place is set up as a Social Economic business for young people who needs a second chance in life. They now work with wood and metal, and this is my contribution to not only the young people there, but also to engage the local community and saving the environment.
School kids can come to me and learn about plastic pollution and what they can do about it. See and try hands on what can be created from what they think of as simple waste.
So, increase awareness, scale up production and give back to the community.
Your contribution will be reinvested in the project to have a growing impact, making it a Sustainable Business.
There is no Planet B, but help me make Plan B for Plastic a reality and together we can get closer to Refusing, Reducing, Reusing and now Recycling all the plastics that are drowning the planet as we speak.
Let's turn the tide on plastic! Thank You for Your support!
Now check out this funny but eye-opening video
'Keep the beaches clean'.
Animation from TAW Denmark / for Plastic Change International