DIY PLASTIC RECYCLING
SOLUTIONS TO PLASTIC POLLUTION
We are the Los Angeles branch of the Precious Plastic world wide open source DIY project started by inventor Dave Hakkens to put the power of recycling plastic in the hands of individuals and communities.
We bring together people in Los Angeles interested in solving the plastic pollution problem through community recycling and creating products with recycled plastics. We believe that the city of Los Angeles and the trends established here can give the process of recycling the Hollywood makeover it deserves.
We are a registered 501c3 and are looking for people who want to help grow our network of people dedicated to saving the world from pollution especially single use plastics.
Our world is overflowing in plastic and we need to find good ways to 'Take Plastic Out of Circulation' We seek to help to grow the community of Precious Plastic workspaces in the Los Angeles area and help people get started doing their own DIY recycling.
Contact us at email@example.com
Sunday, September 1, 2019 4-7PM
Workshop: How to Recycle Plastics And Turn Trash Into Treasures
During this workshop, Marcus Rosenthal, Precious Plastic LA founder and team will do a live plastic recycling demonstration to show how recyclable plastic can be shredded and molded into a new object. They will talk about recyclable plastics, how it works, and why the current commercial recycling system is broken and less than 9% of plastics that get put into recycle bins actually get recycled. Sign up here
5-6 PM – Registration & Networking
4-7 PM – Workshop and Q&A
Space limit: 20 Precious Plastic Fans
Donation: $10 donation
We will have recycled plastic collected from Venice and Santa Monica beach but if happen you to have #5 PP or #7 PLA plastic, please bring them sorted and cleaned to be used during the workshop.
Precious Plastic LA Demo Day planned for late September/early October
Email us a firstname.lastname@example.org with your event ideas or to schedule a visit.
Ohana Festival, Dana Point, CA - September 28-30 - Precious Plastic LA live recycling demonstrations
Precious Plastic LA Demo Day August 11, 2019 at Big Art Labs. Event Page
Adidas Run for the Oceans various 2018 dates in Pacific Palisades, Brooklyn, Toronto
Precious Plastic LA live recycling demonstrations at Lightning in a Bottle, May 24, 2018. Event Page
Precious Plastic LA Demo Day May 20, 2018 in DTLA Arts District @ Container Cafe across from LACI. Event Page
Adidas/Parley for the Oceans 747 Warehouse St Event, Los Angeles, CA Feb 2018
That time that Dave Hakkens stopped by our Workspace!!!!
To empower individuals, schools, communities, and nations with the knowledge and technology to solve the worldwide plastic pollution problem.
A world where petroleum-based and harmful plastics, especially single-use, are phased out and replaced with smarter, natural, and sustainable materials or circular economies built on reusables or recyclables with recycling rates close to 100% (not the meager 9% that plastics are currently recycled).
- Recycling existing plastic in efficient and environmentally friendly ways
- Explore the potential of plastics derived from plant and fungi polymers
- Work with conscious businesses to improve their current practices and pollution habits
- Help governments make more educated decisions when it comes to waste management
- Transition people towards bioplastics, circular economies, zero-waste lifestyles, permaculture principles/sustainable living practices
- Help the City of Los Angeles reach it's goal of becoming a circular economy by 2050
We hope to see that plastics derived from fossil fuels that are destroying our world will be going the way of the dinosaur. Our mission is to simultaneously transition people to a zero-waste and circular economy mindset whilst collecting and recycling the estimated 91% of plastic that has been thrown away. We see this as a wasted resource and the answer to more plastic production and pollution entering our world. Although new plastic is on the rise with an estimated $180 Billion dollar investment this year; we also see China closing it's doors to foreign waste.
There is monumental potential for growth in the domestic recycling trade. Right now about 60% of items thrown in blue bins are actually sent to a landfill. This is a waste of a resource that we interact with everyday as well as the petroleum that is used in the transportation of the goods, the energy it takes to operate the facility, and the time of the people involved in the system to do so.
One day, 100 years from now or 1000 years from now plastic will still be here. In what amounts is up to the people of today. The decisions of how that plastic is used and distributed also is up to the people of TODAY. Now, if you could see the world as we see it, in the future, in the positive light of waking up to the solutions to plastic pollution, phasing out single use items, reclaiming and upcycling it into more useful and durable items, creating a fair market price for a material that EVERYONE comes to understand the composition of and how to manipulate it, THEN- would that be something you would want to invest time, resources, and money into?
We think so.
Learn how you can join us today.
We love to hear about new Precious Plastic workspaces getting set-up in Los Angeles. Here is a list of the ones we currently know are in operation or development:
- Richard Wilks Studio, The Brewery in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA (our current workspace)
- Bioplastic Recycling, Los Angeles, CA
- 1 Plastic Life, Los Angeles, CA
- Unnatural Surf Products, Pacific Beach, CA
- Modern Peoples, Dana Point, CA
- Fusion Academy Manhattan Beach, CA
- USC, Los Angeles, CA
- Loyola Marymount University
- Justin's Frog Project
- Yours can be next!
ADIDAS PARLEY RUN FOR THE OCEANS LA - JUNE 8TH 2018