Precious Plastic - Your Own Plastic Recycling Empire

Cover Picture from Dave Hakkens Youtube

Precious Plastic is an opened-source, community driven project with the goal of repurposing the world’s plastic waste. 

From left to right: The Shredder, The Extrusion Machine, The Injection Molder, The Compressor

The team (led by award winning designer Dave Hakkens) has designed a set of four machines to help repurpose recycled plastic in your own garage and they offer the plans to build them for free.

This small homemade workshop can be affordably created with materials that you can find anywhere on the planet. The hope is that people around the world will use this resource to build their own Precious Plastic set ups.

And people have. From Québec to Russia and everywhere in between.

Precious Plastic in Taiwan. Credit: Precious Plastic Community Facebook

Precious Plastic on the beach in Portugal. Credit: Dave Hakkens Website

Imagination is the only limit to what you can create. Thankfully, the community doesn't lack in the creativity department. A quick look at their Facebook community page and you'll find tools, kitchen appliances, flower pots and more.

Lamp. Credit: Dave Hakkens Website

precious plastic skateboard

Skateboard. Credit: Dave Hakkens Website

Precious Plastic is always evolving. Yesterday, they revised their plan in the hopes of accelerating their world domination. The updated plan includes creating new documentation on how to make products, building an even stronger community plateforme and helping participants source the harder-to-find parts to build their own version of Precious Plastic.

This new plan is once again community driven. If you would like to help, watch the video below and visit If you would like to build your own backyard recycling facility (like a baws), visit and start making money by cleaning up your neighbourhood.

*Bonus - Check out Dave Hakkens Story Hopper. Short videos with weird ideas that range from cutting 10% of a toothbrush to taking a vacation to the world's biggest landfill. 

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