Status: Closed

Ready for a challenge?

Precious Plastic is now at a stage where a lot of people around the world have built the machines but are still struggling to find appropriate ways to work with them. For the moment, most people are reproducing the few objects we have originally made- which we intended to be an inspiration rather than the end goal. This is slowing the scaling of the project and limiting its impact. We understand this as our own design fault and are ready to fix this. ✊

You will be working closely with the Precious Plastic team to research & develop a number of valuable applications, creations, objects or products that can be easily reproduced globally from people using our machines. The process will be recorded and documented to be shared with the community. 

We are looking for a dedicated product designers, artists, jewellers, makers, wood workers, students and generally someone hands on that can help scale the global impact of Precious Plastic. You'll be working on:

- Experimenting with Precious Plastic machines & different types of plastics 
- Creating new products or applications
- Develop new moulds for our machines
- Discover new inventive and effective ways of operating our machines 
- Further research on different types of plastics and their relationship with the machines

Have a look at our full plan for more details.

Form, function and all in between

We are looking for someone fully dedicate to solve global problems affecting humanity with their creativity and talent. Your expertise, passion and enthusiasm will help push Precious Plastic closer to a solution to the plastic waste problem. For the product designer role we're searching for self-driven individuals keen on pushing the boundaries of plastic recycling as a craft, with or without our machines. 

Generally the candidate would have the followings:
- an absolute focus for details
- self driven approach
- aesthetic sense
- able to work in a workshop with standard machinery (metal saw, table saw, welder, grinder, drill etc). We're open for new approaches and techniques but you'll be most likely working with metal
- ready to fail repeatedly 
- work independently
- background in design, art, sculpture, wood or metal

Nice to have:
- 3D modelling skills
- know how to weld
- previous experience working with plastic
- some experience working with metal
- good understanding of materials and their properties


For this position we need you on location at our workshop near Eindhoven. It's a nice, spacious and bright workspace with all the tools, machines, types of plastics and resources needed to conduct the research.


Plastic pollution is raging the world daily, not waiting for us. An arsenal of machines is ready to start solving this problem but missing some final help from us. We would need someone to start as soon as possible for a duration of, at least, 4 weeks.

What we offer

At Precious Plastic we believe in the power of people, not money. We work with super talented & dedicated people that are with us to fight plastic pollution. Together.

We manage to bring Version 2 to life with very (SUPER) limited budget and managed to come this far. We work with limited resources and think that those budget constrains have been crucial to bring about the necessary innovation.

We are not sure how this campaign will go, however, all money raised will go 100% into the project. Which means we will also try to cover as much expenses as we can for the people involved.

Besides that, you get the unique opportunity to contribute your talent to find solutions to one of the biggest problem facing humankind. You will work with like minded people, learn about a new technology that will, most likely, become relevant in the future as plastic pollution skyrockets and get credits on our website.

We know what we offer is not usual, but you could have the unique opportunity to play a key role to fight plastic pollution and help people across the world.

Want to design with us?

Applications for designers are now CLOSED, thanks for signing up. We are ready to roll! Follow us on social media to stay updated on our progress

Not familiar with Precious Plastic yet?

Precious Plastic is an open source project aiming at boosting plastic recycling worldwide by empowering local communities and individuals with tools and knowledge to extract new value from plastic waste.

We have developed four open source machines to enable people to start recycling plastic and create new financial value from an ubiquitous free resource, plastic waste. The machines are specifically developed using universal materials and basic tools that are available all over the world. A modular design allows users to adapt the machines to their specific contexts.

All our material is available online for free. Blueprints, technical drawings, detailed instruction videos and the download-kit are all shared open source online. This is all the basic information people need to build their own machines and start a little plastic factory, anywhere in the world.

Still too abstract? Have a look at this video.