These raw and organic beauties are not just typical mass produced factory made commercial wares. Instead, they belong to the ingenious idea of one – Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens. Started off as a sim…ple visit to the plastic manufacturers and discovering that they were reluctant to use recycled plastic, Hakkens decided to replicate industry standard machinery to start recycling and producing plastic locally. Named Precious Plastic, the project consists of four machines. A plastic shredder, an extruder, an injection moulder and a rotation moulder, which Hakkens made using a combination of new custom-made components and reclaimed parts he found at a scrapyard.
“We recycle just 10% [of waste plastic],” says Hakkens. “I wondered why we recycle so little so I investigated it. I went to all these companies and I realised that they don’t really want to use recycled plastic. So I wanted to make my own tools so I could use recycled plastic locally.”
Made according to industry standards, these machines allow on to produce locally fuss free. For a start, Hakkens has made rotation-moulded waste paper bin, an injection-moulded spinning top and an extruded plastic lamp.
Best part of all, Hakkens has made the blueprint of the machines available for all, allowing the production of recyclable plastic wares in any parts of the world.
I’m totally in love with the outcome of the plastic wares and i hope Hakkens will continue his Plastic Project and hopefully more people will fall in love with these wares like i do.