Thanks to the 600+ people applying, you are amazing ♥️♥️♥️
We've put together what we think is the best possible team.
Second round of applications opens in January, see you then 😉
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We have a plan

A solid plan with clear goals, tasks, strategies and directions to create concrete solutions to fight plastic pollution.

Read the plan

Enough money

We won 300.000€ to use for Version 4. Thank you FAMAE

We will spend 99.99% of the money to tackle the plastic problem.

A big workspace

The city of Eindhoven donated us a massive space! It's big, central and ideal to develop Precious Plastic Version 4.

An army of people

We are putting together the best possible team of dedicated people from around the world. Designers, developers, engineers, activist & more will help the project blossom.

Machines & Tools

We are looking for people to help us develop and improve our open source machines to recycle plastic. Some high priority topics are safety, efficiency, washing, sorting and robotics. We will also develop brand new machines and tools to work with plastic. Teams of 2-3 people will lead each project. Below you can find the projects we will focus on:

Improve machines' safety

Priority

We want to research health hazards (fumes, micro-plastic) created while working with plastic and develop improvements and add-ons to make the current Precious Plastic processes and machines safer and less harmful for the environment. Here and here you can find some relevant inspiration to get you going. We are looking for:

1 Reseacher
1 Engineer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Sheet-press machine

Priority

This is the most requested machine from our community, as it opens up a big range of new possibilities to work with plastic waste. We aim to develop a sheet press to produce high quality sheets for larger scale applications (CNC, laser). Efficient, reliable and CE certified. Here & here you can find some relevant inspiration to get you going. We are looking for:

1 Engineer
1 Engineer
Duration: 6 months minimum

Semi-industrial Extrusion

Priority

We want to create a semi-industrial extrusion machine. This would increase the output and enable large scale applications for recycled plastic, like construction or interiors. Efficient, reliable and CE certificated. We are looking for:

2 Engineers
Duration: 6 months minimum

Semi-industrial Shredder

Priority

We want to create a semi-industrial shredder to expand our inventory of open source machines. This would enable entrepreneurs, institutions and municipalities to recycle plastic in larger quantities. Efficient, reliable and CE certificated. We are looking for:

1 Engineer
1 Engineer
Duration: 6 months minimum

Priority

PET is one of the most common and challenging plastic to work with. We need to develop a low-tech machine/tool/technique to recycle PET which can be easily replicated worldwide. We are looking for:

1 Industrial designer
1 Engineer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Find a solution for styrofoam

Priority: Medium

Styrofoam is a widely used type of plastic, but hardly ever recycled. With some research and prototyping we want to develop a low-tech machine/tool/technique to recycle styrofoam. We are looking for:

1 Industrial designer
1 Engineer
Duration: 3 months minimum

What to do with foils

Priority: Medium

Plastic foils often consist of a mix of plastic and aluminium layers fused together, which makes them very difficult to recycle. We need to develop a low-tech machine/tool/technique that can work with foils. We are looking for:

1 Industrial designer
1 Engineer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Dirty plastic, then what?

Priority

Some plastic is simply too polluted or mixed up for using it in standard recycling processes. We want to have a closer look into alternative solutions like plastic-to-oil or plastic-to-energy and develop a replicable technique/machine to get the most out of this really nasty plastic waste. Here you can find some relevant inspiration to get your imagination going. We are looking for:

Some plastic is simply too polluted or mixed up for using it in standard recycling processes. We want to have a closer look into alternative solutions like plastic-to-oil or plastic-to-energy and develop a replicable technique/machine to get the most out of this really nasty plastic waste. Here you can find some relevant inspiration to get your imagination going. We are looking for:

1 Industrial designer
1 Engineer
Duration: 6 months minimum

Priority

Properly cleaning (and drying) dirty plastic waste for recycling processes can be a big task (especially when taking into account water consumption). We want to develop an efficient and water saving washing system which works for small and large scale operations in various contexts. Here you can find some relevant inspiration to get you going. We are looking for:

1 Industrial designer
1 Engineer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Device to sort plastic

Priority: Medium

It is a big challenge to differentiate and sort all the different plastic types, yet crucial in order to achieve the required material purity for further recycling processes. We want to develop a low cost device to properly scan and sort different types of plastic to be used in various locations and contexts. Here & here you can find some relevant inspiration to get you going. We are looking for:

1 Industrial designer
1 Engineer
Duration: 6 months minimum

Arduino controller

Optional

We would like to redesign and build electronics units for all the machines using accessible technologies (Arduino, RaspberryPI) to avoid being dependent on cheap components from China. This should make everyone able to easily and affordably replicate the units and offer more flexibility to modify and improve the software. We are looking for:

1 Nerd :)
Duration: 3 months minimum

Robotic research

Priority: Medium

Automation is a key factor to make recycling more efficient and economically interesting. We need some tech nerds :) to help set up a robotic ‘lab’ to explore, program and test possible applications of robotics for processes like sorting plastic types or production with the extrusion machine. We are looking for:

1 Curious geek :)
1 Curious geek :)
Duration: 6 months

Product Design

We are looking for designers to explore the opportunities and push the boundaries of the Precious Plastic machines to create useful and valuable products for the community to reproduce. Teams of 2-3 people will lead each project. Below you can find the projects we will focus on:

Design with the big extrusion

Priority

Get the most out of the current extrusion machine and find useful applications for a larger scale production (preferably in the construction sector). We are looking for:

2 Product designer
Duration: 6 months minimum

Design with recycled sheets

Priority: Medium

Being able to produce recycled plastic sheets opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Thinking big scale while considering technologies like laser cutting and CNC milling, we need designers to come up with valuable applications for these recycled sheets which the community can replicate and take as an example. We are looking for:

1 Product designer
1 Product designer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Design products remotely

Priority: Medium

For the more experienced Precious Plastic people with their own workspace around the world we would like to open up our doors and collaborate to design new products. Remotely. Big experiment. Give us a shout if you feel like helping us.

Workspaces around the world
Duration: various

Beyond Plastic

Priority

As the aim is to reduce plastic waste altogether, we also want to provide alternative solutions for plastic products. Research and develop products or applications working with organic/sustainable materials. We are looking for:

1 Industrial designer
1 Engineer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Web

Precious Plastic meets, collaborates and shares online on our different platforms. We want to rethink them from the ground up, using the latest web technologies in order to deliver the best possible user experience to our global audience. This is crucial to help people tackle the problem effectively. Below is the projects/people we need:

UX Design

Priority

We need a person that is good at mapping out complex systems, create user flows, user personas and wireframes to provide an agile environment for quick iterations. You will make sure people can find everything they need on the website to get started, learn, share and collaborate to find solutions. We are looking for:

1 UX designer
Duration: 3 months minimum

UI Design

Priority

We are looking for a UI designer that, in continuous collaboration and conversation with the UX designer and frontend developers, can craft an engaging and beautiful interface to help meet user goals on the website while offering a performing experience. We are looking for:

1 UI designer
Duration: 6 months minimum

Priority

In constant collaboration with the UI designer, we are looking for a couple of talented frontend developer to create a performant experience for our websites. We would like to use the best modern technologies out there, and are willing to give you full freedom on which tool is best for the job. We like open source tech, and we want this thing to last, while looking pretty. We are looking for:

1 Frontend developer
1 Frontend developer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Backend

Priority

Behind any good website there must be a rock solid backend. We currently handle 10k unique visitors per day, and plan to have that number grow big time :) Dealing with scale and performance should be your strong skills, whilst also helping us optimise so we can deliver content to places with remote and/or bad tech. Pick the tech that suits the best! We are looking for:

2 Backend engineers
Duration: 6 months

Fullstack

Priority

Having a flexible web team is important to make sure we're running agile and fast. By being a fullstack developer, you can help pick up the load and help bridge the gap between frontend and backend when we need it the most. We are looking for:

1 Fullstack developer
Duration: 6 months

Cherries on the cake

With such a big team we will have a number of tasks that will be crucial to the success of the project, both technically and culturally. Making machines or products is as important as having a great meal, creating events to chill or taking care of visitors. Make sure to check the projects/jobs below if you want to join the crew.

Film/Photography

Priority

A lot of new content will be generated in our workspace and as always we want to share everything we learn online. Therefore we would like to help document the results of our team with high quality photos and videos of the process and outcomes to show it to everyone out there. We are looking for:

1 Photographer/filmaker
Duration: full version

Priority

Healthy and tasty food is a crucial part of our busy workdays! We want to make our crew happy and nourished. We are looking for chefs who can fuel the power of 30-40 people by creating diverse and delicious meals (breakfast and lunch) with a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. We are looking for:

2 Chefs
1 Chef
Duration: 6 months minimum

Pop-up Store manager

Priority: Medium

In our new space we will set up a Precious Plastic Store with a collection of the nicest outcomes from the worldwide community. We are looking for a person who can inspire and excite others about the project with the stories behind our beautiful products, while supporting the community by organising orders and pushing product sales. Ideally dutch. We are looking for:

1 Enthusiast folk :)
Duration: 6 months minimum

Business plan

Priority

Yeah we know, it takes more than building machines to start and succeed with a recycling project. As many people struggle to get funding and make a living with their workspace, we need a person to help our community by creating business plans for various scenarios (including everything from plastic collection, setting up and running a workspace to selling products and giving workshops). We are looking for:

1 Business guy
Duration: 3 months minimum

Chief team fun

Priority: Medium

You don’t often get the chance to meet & work with people from many different countries and backgrounds. We are looking for a person who likes to organise team activities and events to make sure people get to know each other, explore the variety of cultures and show visitors how we work- in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We are looking for:

1 Proactive fun-holic
Duration: full version

Branding

Priority

Help us create a more solid experience for Precious Plastic across our many platforms, workspaces and projects. Maintaining the human/friendly touch Precious Plastic is famous for, we need to improve our visual identity and experience trying to make it more consistent and flexible. We also have a secret project :) We are looking for:

1 Graphic designer
Duration: 3 months minimum

Coordinator

Priority: Medium

It is not a secret that we are not that organised :) But with so many people, money and tasks we need a person to help us manage workflow, budgets and the many little daily tasks. Preferably Dutch, we would need an organised person to help us on the daily errands of the project. We are looking for:

1 Organized sapiens
Duration: Full version

Priority: Medium

We want to learn and develop different strategies or actions that people could peacefully take to push humanity beyond plastic into a new sustainable era away from petrochemical mass suicide. We are searching for two persons experienced with mobilizing people, boycotting strategies, pressuring politicians & more. We are looking for:

2 Activists
Duration: 3 months minimum

Current team:

43 people, 3 tasks left

We're putting together the most magical, fantastical, jazzical team to tackle plastic pollution. Together. As one army. This are the people that joined so far. More soon :)