Next level plastic recycling

Our presentation last week was about the problems plastic pollution poses and solutions to raise awareness in a primary school setting. Most of the recycling in general is based on the societies effort, meaning everybody putting in a little effort can show a big change. But yesterday, I found this article talking about making the recycling process a lot more efficient on a personal basis, and is way more cool and fun alternative at the same time.

So what is this new idea? In the recent years, this new technology 3D printing has entered the market. For the first time, you can physically hold digitally designed objects in your hand, but more importantly, if you have the right blueprints you can make parts for anything and everything even if the manufacturing stopped decades ago. Of course, these 3D prints have to be made of a material, and plastic makes the most sense. So now we have this amazing new technology but the problem is that it is still a technology that like so many others keep on producing an army of objects made of plastic.

This is where it gets interesting, because three students at University of British Columbia made a machine, that you put in waste such as plastic bottles or coffee lids and makes “ink” from it that you would use in a 3D printer. So with this, a cheap way of manufacturing is born with basically unlimited free supply thats very attractive for the general audience but it also helps to clean up the planet. Being economical and eco-friendly at the same time is very intriguing for a lot of people.


ReDeTec recycler ProtoCycler on the right and 3D printer on the left


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