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Machines Let Local Citizens Upcycle Their Own Plastics

Dave Hakkens has developed a number of machines that recycle plastic and let people create new products locally.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on October 24, 2013.

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens has developed machines that recycle plastic and let people create new usable products locally. He believes plastic is one of the most precious materials on earth as it is lightweight, strong, easy to shape and great to recycle.

However, of all the plastic we use only 10% is recycled. So Hakkens has developed a series of ‘Precious Plastic’ machines to set up a small scale plastic workshop.

Machines Let Local Citizens Upcycle Their Own Plastics

The machinery is based on industry standards but designed for people to build themselves so they are easy to use and made to work with recycled plastic. This could enable people to bring their old plastic to a local workshop, where new products are made and sold.

Dezeen reports that Hakkens has designed a range of products, including an injection-moulded spinning top, a lamp, and a rotation-moulded waste paper bin. As well as setting up his own workshop in Eindhoven, he plans to publish the blueprints online so others can create their own and adapt his designs. You can check out the Precious Plastic machines in the videos below:

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