Precious Plastics Plastic Shredder
The Precious Plastics Plastic Shredder recycles used plastics into new materials.
The Precious Plastics Plastic Shredder makes flakes out of plastic waste that can then be used to make new items. The size of the plastic flakes can be changed by changing the sieve inside the shredder. It is made in a modular design so that components easier can be repaired, replaced or customized. The product was designed so that it should be able to be constructed anywhere with locally available materials. The shredder is part of a series of machines designed by Precious Plastics with the idea of reusing plastic waste by enabling everyone to recycle it. A video introducing the Precious Plastics concept can be found here.
Worldwide. The shredder is designed so that it can be built anywhere with locally available materials and competence.
The product is built by the user. Precious Plastics provide blueprints and construction tutorials.
The material cost to build the shredder is estimated to 211 USDconversion Euro to USD 31 July 2017
The minimum and maximum suggested retail prices given are this number with a 20% reduction/increase.
Anyone who wishes to reduce plastics waste and recycle plastics. To make the product, some handicraft skills are necessary. Most adults should be able to use the assembled shredder.
The plastic shredder is built by the user, Precious Plastics only supplies blueprints and video tutorials. The plastic shredder is designed so that it can be constructed everywhere by using basic tooling and materials available locally. It takes about 4 days to build a shredder.
The user builds the product him/herself. Precious plastics offer blueprints and instruction videos for free that can be downloaded on their webpage.
Unknown due to open source. Instruction on how to build the shredder are available for anyone with an internet connection. Precious Plastics that designed the shredder and other machines is based in the Netherlands. Examples of places where it has been built are Kenya, Mexico, Bali, Taiwan and South Africa.
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Precious plastics supply technical drawings, CAD drawings and other useful information to construct and use the shredder in their download kit available on their webpage.
The plastic shredder has a modular design so that components easier can be replaced. The shredder is built with basic materials so that people anywhere should be able to build and customize it.
Due to its modular design components can be replaced continously so that lifetime is prolonged. There is no warranty on the product since the user builds it themselves.
Precious plastics designed the shredder with the criteria that it should be easy to build, affordable and constructed with basic materials available everywhere.
The performance might differ between shredders depending on how the user built the product. Common for all is though that the plastic shredder can shred most types of plastics. The size of the shredder is adapted to fit a bottle so larger parts will need to be precut.
The plastic shredder is made to destroy plastic so it has to be handled with care. There is a protection around the chopper to avoid contact it when in use.
A mesh can be added underneath the chopper to decrease the size of the plastic flakes. The plastics shredder is the first machine in a series of machines designed by Precious Plastics for plastic recycling. The other machines are made to use the plastic flakes from the shredding to make new items.
None but the project was initiated as a thesis project at the Design Academy in Eindhoven.
The designer cites easy to build, affordable and that the materials used are globally accessible as criteria during the design of the shredder.
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