PRECIOUS PLASTIC BANGKOK
Turning trash into cash!
Precious Plastic Bangkok wants to change people’s perceptions of plastic trash, showing that plastic pollution doesn’t have to end like that but can actually be turned into something with real value.
Dominic is the director of Precious Plastic Bangkok and has run the organisation since 2017, fighting back against plastic pollution to stop it from leaking into the natural environment in the first place. He also works full-time for an international environmental organisation that mainly tackles illegal fishing and associated human rights abuses. Dominic graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Environmental Policy.
ABOUT PRECIOUS PLASTIC
Precious Plastic Bangkok is a community-based recycling organisation working with local communities to build simple plastic recycling machines that can turn trash into cash.
We work with local communities, schools, and universities to collect and recycle plastic waste to then be manufactured into new exciting products using our open-source, cheap, and easy to assemble machines. Our machines shred, melt, and mould plastic waste into new creative shapes and forms including lamp shades, bowls, cups – whatever your imagination can come up with! This means that trash that once clogged canals and littered Bangkok’s streets can have a new life rather than ending up in our rivers or our seas.
Precious Plastic Bangkok’s ultimate goal is to build recycling workspaces in communities across the city to help empower local people, schools, and other communal spaces to reduce plastic pollution in their local area and also provide a new source of income to improve their quality of life and enhance their community spirit. We now have seven communities working with us on this exciting adventure.
We also want to expand our plastic collection capabilities through people donating plastic to us from all over the country, and also through our network of plastic drop-off locations (volunteering restaurants/cafes/local community centres or hubs) where people can bring their clean, used plastic. We now have over 50 of these locations across Bangkok.
Please join us in our journey: We are always looking for new product ideas, inspirational communities, drop-off locations, organisations to work with, and of course volunteers to help us in achieving a goal where plastic is seen as a precious resource that is too important to throw away.
HOW TO SET UP A PRECIOUS PLASTIC MACHINE YOURSELF
In order for everyone around the world to benefit from creating Precious Plastic machines, the Precious Plastic website shares everything open source. Head onto their website where you can find really useful ‘Get Started’ kits.
Read more about Plastic Pollution in our blog
Jan 17, 2019
Oct 10, 2018
6 Take-Home Messages from the Global Waves Conference 2018
April 12, 2018