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.
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.
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.