Precious Plastic

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Established in 2013 by Dave Hakkens, Precious Plastic is a global project that aims to find a solution to plastic pollution.

Dave Hakkens

The independent community is made up of hundreds of people who contribute in a variety of ways, as well as a smaller group who work directly on the project.

Heading into its fourth iteration, Precious Plastic has created over 200 plastic recycling workspaces. With the aim of trying to boost global plastic recycling, the project began with Dave, a design graduate, building a plastic extrusion machine. This developed into bigger machines, the designs for which Dave provided online for free, so that people could build their own versions themselves.

People from across the globe have used the project to make recycled plastic designs, from jewellery to decor. You can browse the online store here.

Watch the video below to find out more.

Dave Hakkens, a former Design Indaba Global Graduate, is speaking at Design Indaba 2019, running between 27 February – 1 March. For more information, visit