Open-source recycling machine lets you recycle and make your own plastic products

With actual plastic recycling and recovery rates hovering around 8 percent in the United States for 2011, there’s more plastic ending up in landfills than in recycling plants. It begs the question of whether it’s a problem of policy, infrastructure or habit, but Dutch designer Dave Hakkens (see his customizablePhonebloks concept and wind-powered oil press, previously), has developed a open-source prototype for a plastics recycling machine, believing that it could be a matter of putting recycling straight into the hands of people, right where they live. See it in action:

Seen over at Dezeen and recently showcased at Eindhoven’s Dutch Design Week, Hakken’s Precious Plastic recycling system consists of a plastic shredder, extruder, injection moulder and rotation moulder, which have been adapted from industrial models to be more user-friendly.


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