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.
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 currently open positions where you could help:
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:
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 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:
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:
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:
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:
We are looking for an extra 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:
We are looking to expand our solid team of talented developers to write the code and bring our platforms to life. We are working with React framework and have a combination of both local and remote dev teams. More info on contributing here. We are looking for:
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 open projects/jobs below if you want to join the crew.
Lots of great things are happening in our workspace these days. A clash of people, machines, products, community and more that we woud like to capture on camera. We're looking for a filmmaker that can help us document our new version. 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:
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:
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:
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 :)