Seeing plastic not being recycled and ending up in a landfill - or worse - has always saddened me. I think it's an exceptional material, and we should treat is as a very precious one, limiting its use to durable products and avoiding single-use application if possbile. And always recycling it!
I've been inspired by the Precious Plastic community, though I'm still operating from a flat with basic equipment and none of their wonderful machines. For now at least :)
I collect discarded single-use or broken plastic items locally, from friends and organisations, plus some street clean-up every now and then. I then wash, dry and sort the plastic according to its type and colour. I use two of the most common thermoplastics: High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP).
As a rule the plastic is then cut, if needed, and melted in an oven. I use metal or silicone moulds, depending on the product. I built a small wooden press that I sometimes use for some of the products, like plectrums, clocks and soap dishes.
Finally, the products are polished and tested.
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