It’s our small habits. The coffee “to go”, the soft drink, the straw, for some the cigarette. Products that many of us consume on a daily basis, often several times a day. The "habit" is strong and difficult to change, even if you are bothered by endless amount of bottles or plastic straws, glasses and lids that air drives into the sea or are stacked in trash bins.
Every year in Greece, we consume at least 700 million plastic bottles of water, 202 million plastic coffee cups, 900 million straws, 37 million plastic packaging for food. We all know where most of the plastics and cigarette butts end up. Whether on landfills (as they are not recyclable) or on some of our beautiful beaches.
Fortunately, the European Union is moving with increasingly stricter measures to ban single use plastic. Until then, we must find a local solution immediately.
The ideal solution would have been no consumption in any of these products mentioned and we would all use our reusable coffee cup, our reusable water bottle, etc. But until we all get to this point (hopefully soon), we can collect this plastic, not waste and create something new out of it!
This is how our collaboration with the Plastikourgeio Shop & Lab and the Ludd Makerspace is starting aiming at the creation of precious plastic processing machines at our base at NISI Polychoros in Raches, Fthiotida!
What is Precious Plastic and what is our goal?
Precious Plastic is an open source platform launched by Dutchman Dave Hakkens creating 4 machines for reusing plastic. These machines – first Shredder with which you can "break" the plastic into small flakes, and with the other 3 machines (Injection, Extrusion and Compression) you can create a new product from the plastic flakes you created from Shredder !
Our goal is NISI Polychoros, where we host the activities of Wheeling2help in Greece, to become a training center for collecting plastic, where young and older friends from all over Fthiotida will be able to bring us plastic bottles, lids, packaging and any kind of plastic , and we will be able to create new products out of them such as key rings, bowls, lamps, small furniture, but also creations useful for the community such as bench, tiles, etc!
As we strongly believe that people are changing through education and the knowledge we give to young children, and as it happens our space NISI to be a paradise for our young friends, would be really amazing if during all school excursions and visits to NISI , students could bring plastic trash that they collected, learn about the impact of plastic on the environment but also become a live part of reusing plastic and create something useful?
Our goal is to mobilize people, local actors, groups, clubs from all over Fthiotida region to participate in this wonderful initiative by collecting their plastic waste and bringing them here to create new products that we will give back to the community.
Of course, the call is also open for training groups, researchers, companies and foundations, who could join forces to create together!
Your donation will fund:
The estimated cost of creating the 4 machines and running them at NISI which is 6.000 euros.
- Shredder machine: 1,600 euros
- Extrusion machine: 1,550 euros
- Injection machine: 750 euros
- Compression machine: 850 euro
- Tools, equipment purchase & infrastructure in the space: 500 euros
- Shipping: 150 euros
- PayPal commission and give & fund platform: 600 euros
Total: 6.000 euros
We are Wheeling2help, a group of young people who aim to bring young people into volunteering through actions related to the environment, education, culture and sport. In the past 4-5 years, we have been doing activities in Greece, based on NISI Polychoros and abroad, through MyQuest Trips to support communities in need in Africa and Asia.
You can find more information:
About the team:
- On our website, www.wheeling2help.com
- On our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wheeling2help
About Precious Plastic: https://preciousplastic.com
You can also contact us at: email@example.com
Καλησπέρα στην υπέροχη ομάδα,
Δεν έχουμε πολλές ημέρες που ξεκινήσαμε την καμπάνια μας, και ήδη έχουμε 40 φανταστικούς υποστηρικτές σε αυτό το πολύ ξεχωριστό πρότζεκτ και βρισκόμαστε στο 19% του στόχου μας!
Σίγουρα ο δρόμος είναι μακρύς ακόμη, όμως ελπίζουμε ότι με υπομονή και επιμονή θα τα καταφέρουμε, γιατί είναι κάτι που μας αφορά όλους και θα έχει τεράστιο impact και στο περιβάλλον μας αλλά και στην εκπαίδευση της νέας γενιάς!
Η ομάδα του Πλαστικουργείου και του LUDD Makerspace έχει πέσει με τα μούτρα στη δουλειά και σύντομα θα είναι έτοιμο το πρώτο από τα 4 μηχανήματα, το shredder!
Θα θέλαμε να σας ευχαριστήσουμε μέσα από την καρδιά μας για τη στήριξή σας στο πρότζεκτ και να κάνουμε ένα νέο κάλεσμα για κοινοποίηση σε φίλους και γνωστούς!
Καλή συνέχεια σε όλους!
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