Precious Plastic, Precious Plymouth!

by Precious Plastic Plymouth and Tavistock in Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st January 2022 we successfully raised £5,850 with 81 supporters in 56 days

Help us raise £20,000 to grow our movement and our mission to create an amazing carbon neutral plastic recycling community in Plymouth!

by Precious Plastic Plymouth and Tavistock in Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our stretch goal would  allow us get a metal CNC machine to design and create moulds in house. This would not only massively reduce costs to help us better serve the community, but also allow us to work with start-ups, business and entrepreneurs both big and small, to create parts and products with us, out of recycled, precious plastics.  

Our stretch would also help us start a move to becoming entirely off grid though solar power!


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Who are we?


We are Precious Plastic Plymouth and Tavistock - an open source, open hardware artisan plastic recycling project founded on the ethos of the wonderful Precious Plastic movement (preciousplastic.com). We take waste plastic, shred it and re-mould it into a range of wonderful products. Currently we make soap dishes, pots and buttons, and are in the process of expanding our product range. 

Our plastic recycling mission is engaging, creative, and demonstrates just how simple and easy recycling plastic can be. We have a vision of a world where creative energy drives environmental change. We aim to bring the community together, helping us all to engage with recycling and plastic waste issues and get creative at the same time - but we need your help!


Why do we need funding?


Plastic is both a local and global problem. Plastic kills marine animals as they consume ocean plastic, which in turn brings plastic into our food and diets. Furthermore, plastic's carbon footprint is very high. Through its extraction from fossil fuels, processing into plastic, transportation and final disposal - (often incineration), it releases carbon dioxide, thus contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. It is for this reason that waste plastic is so valuable.

To us, all the waste plastic around us is a precious resource. It is a material with such incredible potential that if utilised correctly can return into becoming something new and valuable, if it is treated with the respect that it deserves.

Currently, we have a basic plastic shredder, injection moulder and some moulds to recycle local Plymouth plastic into wonderfully colourful soap dishes, buttons and pots. We have engaged the community at schools and local events, spreading the knowledge and skills needed for creative plastic recycling. 

1637605968_ezgif.com-webp-to-jpg.jpgWe now want to expand our reach and operations, to connect and engage with even more people and recycle even more plastics. By expanding our enterprise we will be able to not only increase our turnover of plastic recycling, but also engage wider communities in our mission. We strive to also help local businesses, makers, schools and community groups to engage in recycling, create products themselves, and even create custom moulds with us to create products for their own enterprise.

Your pledge will help us as runners up to unlock £1000 funding from Plymouth City Council's - #BackTheFuture LIVE: Plymouth Climate Challenge. In addition, we can apply for further funding from the Plymouth City Change Fund. This means we can deliver: 

  • A higher turnover of recycled plastic with more creative ways to use it
  • The ability to connect with more people, groups, organisation and businesses

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What We Need:


With your help, we want to increase our making potential by upgrading our machines to allow us to shred a wider range of plastics on a larger scale, and to increase our injection moulding capability. We also want to expand into building a sheet press for creating sheet material, and an extruder for creating even more wonderful products. 


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We are currently doing brilliant and fun things with a very small budget. We have made a human-powered pedal shredder and even made a new mould for the 'Green Maker Initiative' with Make South West and Low Carbon Devon, but we would love to grow and involve more of the community to inspire people to reduce and recycle plastics. 

We would love to reduce the carbon footprint of Plymouth by recycling locally and we would like to involve you! Some of our pledges are for our products and others are for you to join us for a workshop at our studio or in your school or group. You will not regret your pledge as we have a lot of creative fun whilst helping protect the planet!


Why Pledge?


  • Earn an reward for becoming an eco-hero
  • Contribute to community engagement, creativity and knowledge
  • Benefit human, plant and animal welfare
  • Help us turn waste plastic into a community resource for everyone
  • Enable us to offer sustainable alternatives of plastic manufacture for local businesses and organisations


Rewards:

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Costs for postage and packaging (within the UK) have been factored in to the rewards - so there's nothing to pay on top!



Thank You For Your Support!


Thank you for your support. We are all volunteers here at Precious Plastic Plymouth and Tavistock, and rely on the support of the community to keep us going. Together we will do amazing things. Be part of our future, be part of the future!


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

5 of 80 claimed

1 Slot on a Workshop - Take What You Make!

Come and do a workshop with us! Come and see us at Royal William Yard in Plymouth for a workshop to make a pot or soap dish and some buttons. Workshops will be run in groups of 4, and this tier is for one spot on the workshop. Workshops last approximately an hour, and a range of date options will be released after the crowdfunded has ended. Workshops will run from the beginning of 2022.

£2 or more

Your Name on Our Website

With this reward you can choose to have your name added to the supporter page of the website as gratitude for your support!

£5 or more

Button Wheel

You will receive a 'wheel' containing 10 buttons, which can be snapped off to use as and when you need them. You will also have your name added to our website.

£9 or more

5 of 200 claimed

Multipurpose Mini-Pot

You will receive one of our wonderful multipurpose pots. These come in our wonderful ocean blue and forest green. Approx 65mm x 65mm - (Perfect for small cactus!) This reward also includes the 'button' reward, and your name on the website. (Button colour chosen randomly)

£12 or more

Your Name on Our Machines!

We will laser etch your name (or that of a family member) onto one of our machines! You will also have your name added to the supporter page of our website.

£15 or more

6 of 100 claimed

Soap Dish

You will receive one of our unique soap dishes - complete with soap - each made from 45 bottle tops. Choose from a range of beautiful colours. This reward also includes the 'button' reward, and your name on the website. (Button colour chosen randomly).

£18 or more

2 of 100 claimed

Customised Soap Dish

You will receive one of our unique soap dishes - complete with soap - each made from 45 bottle tops. Choose from a range of beautiful colours. This reward also includes the 'button' reward, and your name on the website. (Button colour chosen randomly). With this reward you can customise the packaging of each soap dish to feature a name and text of your choice!

£24 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Multipurpose Mini-Pot Set

You will receive three of our wonderful multipurpose mini pots. These come in the same wonderful green or blue as the soap dish. Approx 65mm x 65mm - (Perfect for small cactus!) This reward also includes the 'button' reward, and your name on the website. (Button colour chosen randomly).

£27 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Customised Multipurpose Mini-Pot Set

You will receive three of our wonderful multipurpose mini pots. These come in the same range of wonderful green or blue as the soap dish. Approx 65mm x 65mm - (Perfect for small cactus!) This reward also includes the 'button' reward, and your name on the website. (Button colour chosen randomly). With this reward you can customise the packaging of each pot to feature a name and text of your choice.

£50 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Become a Business Supporter

Become a 'business supporter' with a donation of £50 or more. As a thank you, your business will be added to our business supporters page, a massive shout out on our social media, and your business/brand added to any packaging for any products sent out as part of this crowdfunder.

£80 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Family Workshop - Take What You Make!

Come and do a workshop with us as a family! Come and see us at Royal William Yard in Plymouth for a workshop to make a pot/soap dish and some buttons. Workshops will be run in family groups of 1-2 adults and 1-4 children (Contact us for more details). A range of date options will be released after the crowdfunded has ended. Workshops will run from the beginning of 2022.

£100 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Full 4 Slot Workshop - Take What You Make!

Come and do a workshop with us! Come and see us at Royal William Yard in Plymouth for a workshop to make a pot or soap dish and some buttons. This reward is for all 4 slots of the workshop. Workshops last approximately 1-2 hours, and a range of date options will be released after the crowdfunded has ended. Workshops will run from the beginning of 2022.

£300 or more

0 of 10 claimed

We Come to You For a Workshop - Half Day

We will come to your group/school/business for half day or an evening. We will bring our injection moulder to you, demonstrate our process from start to finish. You keep all the products we have made. If you collect plastic beforehand then we will make the products from your own plastic! Must reside within 35 miles of Plymouth.

£500 or more

0 of 80 claimed

Your Brand/Logo on Our Machines!

Are you a sustainable organisation/group in Plymouth that fits with our ethos, and wish to support us? If so - at this level of support we will Laser Engrave your branding onto our machines! You will also be featured on our website. We would love your support as an organisation/group, however we reserve the right to refuse this award if your sustainability values/commitment do not align with ours.

£550 or more

0 of 10 claimed

We Come to You For a Workshop - Full Day

We will come to your group/school/business for a full day. We will bring our injection moulder to you and demonstrate our process from start to finish. You keep all the products we have made. If you collect plastic beforehand then we will make the products from your own plastic! Must reside within 35 miles of Plymouth.

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