A solid plan with clear goals, tasks, strategies and directions to create concrete solutions to fight plastic pollution.Read the plan
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.
The city of Eindhoven donated us a massive space! It's big, central and ideal to develop Precious Plastic Version 4.
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.
Thanks to the hundreds of people applying to help us building machines in the past year. Machines are almost ready and will be released as part of V4.
It’s not a secret that we’re developing a big oven to make recycled plastic sheets. We need an engineer that can help us fine-tune our v1 of the oven. Experience in heating and insulation at a professional level would be perfect.
We are looking for:
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:
We’re looking for 2 machines builders to help our engineering team finalise the new machines. Candidates should be able to fabricate and assemble machines. Welding, lathe, milling steel, the basic stuff :)
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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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
We want to enhance the usability of our machines by using accessible Electronics. We want to establish a data tracking for our machines so we can see their productivity, energy consumption and save preferences for different applications.
Therefore we are looking for one person with strong skills in Arduino programming. Ideally you have experience in Programming in C/C++, Graphic Libraries, Processing or electrical wiring of industrial components. We are looking for:
We need a person to help us all around the workspace taking care of the daily errands of our workspace. Welding, cutting, cleaning, producing, organising, supporting and much more to help our engineers and designers get s**t done. We are looking for:
We've got the robot, we call it "One Arm". We now want to dive deeper in automation applied to recycling to make it more efficient and economically interesting. We need some tech nerds :) to explore, program and test possible applications within sorting or production. We are looking for:
Thanks to the hundreds of designers applying to help us push the boundaries of plastic recycling. All the designs will be released as part of V4.
Machines are ready. We now need to design products to inspire people across the world. We are looking for:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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 are the projects/people we need:
Help us create a solid visual 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 are looking for:
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:
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. More info on contributing here. We are looking for:
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. More info on contributing here. We are looking for:
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. More info on contributing here. We are looking for:
We are moving our online Bazar to CS-cart. A much more advanced and robust platform for online marketplaces. Crucial part for Precious Plastic. We need help to configure, style and add a few functionalities. The platform is coded in PHP and CSS. Documentation can be found here. We are looking for:
Thanks to the hundreds of people applying to help us run this version of Precious Plastic. We're heading towards the end, stay tuned for the release of V4.
* We could still do with a filmaker or two :)
A lot of content has been created in the past months. It’s now time to document and share it with the world. We have many videos planned and we’re looking for a video editor to help our video team reach their goal. We are looking for:
We’re developing a new collection system to help gather plastic locally, everywhere in the world. We need a proactive, inventive and creative troubleshooter to help us refine and improve our system. We are looking for:
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:
The Bazar, a crucial part of the Precious Plastic digital infrastructure, needs an upgrade. We're looking for someone to help us manage configuration, UI, and UX changes to scale up the Bazar. Some experience working with digital products is a must! We are looking for:
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:
Our friend DJ kept the team happy and stretched (yoga master) so far. His visa is now over :( We are looking for a new 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:
To really make a change and have a bigger impact we need to reach new people to grow our community and the awareness of the project. To achieve that, we will need help to design a proper strategy and plan. We are looking for someone familiar with digital marketing and know how to target audiences, choose the right channel of communication, also familiar with press relationships and data analytics. We are looking for:
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:
It is not a secret that we are not that organised :) 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:
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:
We need some help to manage our money flow to make sure we're not screwing up :) Preferably Dutch, you will be taking care of invoicing, bookkeeping and accounting. We are looking for:
We have a big community of people following the project on our forums, social media, and online articles... and we need help keeping up ;) Preferably someone with experience running communication for an organization, you’ll be helping us keep in touch with our community and grow our army through all communication channels. We are looking for:
We're putting together the most magical, fantastical, jazzical team to tackle plastic pollution. Together. As One Army. These are the people that joined so far. More soon :)