Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma, the inventors of PlasticRoad, stated: Together with Wavin and Total, we now have a vast pool of knowledge, experience and resources, and can take concrete steps in the development of PlasticRoad. We expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017
This plastic road is perfect for our sustainable community. VolkerWessels construction company introduced the concept Plastic Road; a concept of plastic that is circular, quick to apply and also hardwearing.
Plastic offers lots of advantages both in construction and in the maintenance of roads.
It is maintenance free product
The material is impervious to weather
Plastic is resistant to heavy frost and extreme heat
Forty degrees of frost or eighty degrees above zero for plastic roads will be no problem
VolkerWessels claims that the modules will be build with 100 percent recycled material. Plastics are processed into ‘prefab’ road segments: industrial road sections which are completely transported to the new road. The road can be build in a short period of time. Moreover, because of the hollow structure there is room for other infrastructure such as cables, pipes and water.
The first candidate for a plastic road is the city of Rotterdam. That municipal wants to participate in a trial.
We are hoping to gain insight about the consequences for motorcyclists. What will be the grip of the plastic surfaces?
“Sinking roads are a big problem in the Netherlands. That’s because the ground is so wet that roads get soaked, which makes them sink to such a degree that, in some cases, they have to be replaced after just three to four years.”
Plastic has a great advantage: It’s not only impermeable to water, but it’s also much lighter than asphalt. Plastic roads could be designed with integrated storm drains – a system that collects water during heavy downpours to release it later in a controlled fashion.
Prefabricated roads would be quick to build, reducing the time we spend in traffic jams. And a plastic road could go 50-100 years without maintenance. Compare that to conventional roads, which need to be replaced three times over every fifty years, on average.
The machines are made of different components that can be repaired, replaced, or customized
The blueprints and tutorials for our machines will always be freely available online, for anyone to access and use
By using basic materials, tools, and universal parts, the machines can be built all over the world
PreciousPlastic has created a series of video tutorials that are easy to follow and help you get started building the machines
Extrusion is a continuous process where plastic flakes are inserted into the hopper and extruded into a line of plastic. These lines can be used to make new raw materials such as 3d printing filament, make granulated plastic, spinned around a mold, or used by you in new and creative ways.
Plastic flakes are heated and injected into a mold. It’s a relatively quick process which is well suited for creating small objects repeatedly. You can make the molds completely yourself by using CNC mills or lathes, or by simply welding them.
Plastic is heated inside the oven and slowly pressed into a mold with a carjack. Well suited for making large and more solid objects, the oven itself is also a great machine for prototyping and making plastic tests with.
Plastic waste is shredded into flakes which will be used in the other machines to create new things. You can select the output size of these flakes by changing the sieve inside the machine to create different patterns and processes.
Join the community PreciousPlastic loves it when you are involved, helping out others with questions, sharing your feedback, and connecting with others. Join!
Spread the word! This helps the project so much! Make sure to share this information around so others know they can start. The more people know about this project the more plastic that gets recycled!
Everything they do and make is shared open source online, for free. Your donations push this project ahead. They mean a lot to this perfect guys.
Build machines It makes us happy when you build the machines locally. We know this isn’t for everyone though, so as a non-builder you can also help out in our forums where we’re trying to connect people with machine builders.
Beautiful carpet from old Filippines plastic fishing nets
This carpets is a really beautiful design. And listen to the story of the designers because they have a mission! Hundreds of Philippines are collecting fishing nets in the ocean and at the shore. Of course the receive money in return from Interface. But even better; the nets are transformed into the most beautiful carpets I ever saw.
The colors and textures reflect the undulating waves of our oceans and seas, in blends of swirling sapphires, aqueous aquamarines and turbulent teals.
Sustainable reuse of nylon
A decade ago the industry still assumed that nylon was not recyclable. Interface proves that is incorrect. Interface has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to buy discarded fishing nets from some of the poorest communities in the world. The nets are recycled into new yarn for our carpet tiles by Aquafil. The benefits? Fewer ghost nets, less virgin materials and a new source of income for the communities. The partnership has created an inclusive business model with positive outcomes for everyone involved. The program started in the Philippines and was expanded to Cameroon in 2015.
Net-Works® is an innovative, cross-segment initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. At the same time, it supports Interface’s Mission Zero® goal to source 100% recycled material for its carpet tile.
Interface works with local fishing communities which collect discarded fishing nets. This interface and yarn manufacturer Aquafil not only gets access to a new raw material for high-quality nylon, but Interface also helps to improve the living conditions of local fishermen.
Ray Anderson: I always make the business case for sustainability. It’s so compelling. Our costs are down, not up. Our products are the best they have ever been. And the goodwill in the marketplace: it’s just been astonishing.
With Net-Works Interface works in the poorest coastal areas in the world which are struggling with poverty. Each year, 640,000 tonnes nets left in the ocean. By working with local fishermen to harvest the nets, Interface contributes to a structural improvement of poor communities.
Since the start of the project in 2012, there has been almost 80,000 pounds of discarded fishing nets collected.
If we remaking the way we make things by transforming human industry through ecologically intelligent design. The current industrial system that “takes, makes and wastes” can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value.
Colombian architect Andres Mendez Gerardino is building homes for the homeless, using discarded plastic.
We give credits to the guy who came up with this invention.
He is helping so many people and families.
Building Homes using Discarded Plastic
Let’s ensure this solution spreads all around the world. Not just for homeless, he can sell it for sheds, storage, parking garage etc… Great idea!!!
Views on Facebook, as of posting, have soared to over 19 million and shares have gone up to 362K — and quickly rising by the minute.
Watch this and you’ll understand why:
Oscar Mendez brings new meanings of wasted plastics & rubbers to be home for the homeless. 46% of North Americans People are homeless. He find a creative solution for tonnes of wasted plastics and rubbers.
They’re processed and molded it into “LEGO-BRICKS” to be assembled into one unity as home. He and his team bring positive changes for people and environment at the same time.
“We are creating economic value from plastics that have no market. They are contaminated plastics, but now with a market after being recycled.”
The idea came from musician Fernando Llanos and was later adopted by architect Oscar Mendez, who through several years of research managed to develop bricks from processing all types of used plastics.
This is an initiative of triple impacts: economic impact, environmental impact and social impact. Now the invention has started to benefit thousands of homeless, who are having their own housed built mainly in suburbs with the special chunks.
The housing deficit in Latin America is tremendous. 40% percent of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America do not own a home. One in seven people in the world lives in extreme poverty. Then Mendez wanted to improve this situation by offering houses.
With wide use of the new building components, Colombia also expects to downsize contamination caused by thrown-away plastics.
Recycle and ReUse
“On the environmental side, only in Bogota 6,300 tons of waste is thrown into the landfill is (each year), of which approximately 12%, or 750 tons, are plastics. Only 100 tons are recycled. We are recycling more of them to build hundreds of houses (for displace people).”
Avantium has focused its efforts on the polyester polyethylene-furanoate (PEF), which is an analogue of polyethylene-terephthalate (PET).
PEF could replace PET in typical applications like films, fibers and in particular bottles for the packaging of soft drinks, water, alcoholic beverages, fruit juices food and non-food products.
Avantium is a Dutch technology development and licensing company with extensive experience in catalysis.
Superior functional properties
Avantium’s research has proven that PEF bottles outperform PET bottles in many areas, particularly barrier properties (the ability of the polymer to withstand gas permeability through the bottle).
PEF’s ability to seal out oxygen, for example, results in longer-lasting carbonated drinks and extended shelf life. Moreover, PEF makes certain packaging coatings redundant, like the coatings used on bottles to keep beer fresh.
CocaCola and Danone are already partners.
Superior functional properties
Avantium’s research has proven that PEF bottles outperform PET bottles in many areas, particularly barrier properties (the ability of the polymer to withstand gas permeability through the bottle). PEF’s ability to seal out oxygen, for example, results in longer-lasting carbonated drinks and extended shelf life. Moreover, PEF makes certain packaging coatings redundant, like the coatings used on bottles to keep beer fresh. In terms of thermal properties, PEF is widely considered more attractive than PET due to its superior ability to withstand heat (expressed in the glass transition temperature or Tg) and process-ability at lower temperatures (expressed in the melting temperature or Tm).
Superior barrier properties:
PEF oxygen barrier is 10 times better than PET
PEF carbon dioxide barrier is 4 times better than PET
PEF water barrier is 2 times better than PET
More attractive thermal properties:
The Tg of PEF is 86°C compared to the Tg of PET of 74°C
The Tm of PEF is 235°C compared to the Tm of PET of 265°C
Recycling PEF bottles
Avantium has demonstrated that PEF can be recycled in very similar ways to PET recycling.
Stage I: PEF in rPET stream
In the transition period following the launch of PEF bottles, the amount of PEF in the total PET stream is relatively small. PEF bottles are likely to be recycled in the PET recycling stream (rPET). The outcome of preliminary tests (using ASTM test protocols) shows that PEF has no material effect on the mechanical and physical properties of PET, such as strength and impact. Avantium is currently working with brand owners and the recycling industry to further integrate PEF into the PET’s recycling stream.
Stage II: PEF to PEF recycling
Once PEF is produced in larger volumes it is likely it may become economically more attractive to separately recycle PEF. Avantium is currently working with brand owners and the recycling industry to establish a PEF to PEF recycling infrastructure in the future.