recyclingstation inside a suitcase
I would like to share my work with you.
#recycledinasuitcase is a mobile injectionmachine, which is build to produce new plasticobjects. Plastic is a raw material to be found in the remote corner of our world.
Iceland is visited every year by five times more tourists than the island’s inhabitants. Many tourists produce a lot of garbage without being aware of the consequences. My question is whether it would not be much easier to get the garbage back from the island, in which you sell the tourist from this garbage a souvenir.
“Trashpony” is the name of the Islandsouvenier. It is modeled on an Icelandic horse, because after exporting a horse, it can not go back to the island because of health prevention.
Just like souvenirs, they will never return to the place where they were bought.
The manufactory is packed in a suitcase and can be put into operation everywhere and with small means. The case contains a closed circuit which combines all tasks for plastic recycling. As a result, production is just as mobile as spreading plastic waste. This creates the possibility to adapt to the respective place and to talk to people about the topic.
The equipment includes a shredder for crushing the plastic waste and a heated pipe for melting the produced plastic granulate. Different shapes can be filled manually with the liquefied plastic.
The trashpony stands for all the souvenir that still come in the coming months while I travel with the suitcase through Europe.
Feel free to share and see more photos of the project @
the factory is open.
How is the injection machine powered?
Might be an idea to list your travel locations for others on the forum here (or instagram f.i.) who would be interested?
The injection is powered by hand it’s build out of the blueprints of Dave Hakkens.
Maybe I will post an video of the making of the suitcasefactory.
I will list the travel locations on instgram and maybe here. My first step of the journey takes me to the Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal. The second half of the summer I would like to stay in the northern east of Europe.
If you got questions feel free to ask!
1000Kr for a trashpony?
Wait that’s only 9USD.
Still seems a bit pricey.
I disagree with that being pricey… You buy a unique object with a story including the performance of the production process.
To us, yes. Particularly when you consider what went into producing the end product.
I was thinking of the average person seeing this who’s never heard of Precious Plastic, doesn’t particularly care about recycling, and is used to mass produced plastic c*** costing virtually nothing.
Very cool idea! Keep it up!
Shredder blades look like blades/set from a paper/document-shredder?
Seriously??? This is what I was looking for a mobile version to reach out remote villages in mountainous country like Nepal. I would appreciate to see your product’s specification in details if you don’t mind sharing. Sharing is Caring 😉
hey man, great idea here.. I’ve been thinking about building a bicycle trailer with a shredder and one other machine(not sure yet). the goal is to set one up in the next few months and cycle around my country of New Zealand first(then tour other countries), taking it to local markets to get the word out.
my question is:
how heavy is your suitcase?
My question is like some of the others;
How do you fit the shredder inside this suitcase, and did you need to modify it?
I think the price is totally acceptable and tourists are allways willing to spend money on an experience and a story, and watching that suitcase of yours must be exactly that!
I am looking forward for more pictures or video-clips
G’day from OZ, as you are downsizing for travel here is a link to build an extruder using a caulking gun, also if you changed your mold from wood to metal and pre-warmed it you would get a better result. Keep up the good work, your on the right track, also you could look at this for kids to use in schools, being in kit form it would be ideal for teaching purposes. Merv. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxfle6EV6O4
Wow this is awesome! I would love to see more of the specifics, especially from the shredder.
What kind of motor did you use?
I am looking forward to see the improvements of this project, keep up the good work!
wow ! good idea. a mobile-portable- plastic recycling factory? hell yeah..
why not?! it gets me about the possibility of producing things out of plastic wastes, anywhere – anytime. you are rock! o by the way,here i got a picture of a cat -like figurine i’ve created out of junks.
umm… greetings from Indonesia 🙂
great idea.love the idea of using one motor for both shredder & extruder. you could make & sell the case.sure there would be a market for them
I am in Sydney, Australia and would desperately love to have one of your recycling stations in a suitcase. Is it possible for me you to make one and send it to me? I would also like a mould of the pony because the story of the pony is so powerful.
My previous job was in waste education and I think it is such a fantastic idea to be able to show people a very simplified idea of how recycling works.
I think the 5 best things about the recycling station in a suitcase are:
(a) its portability
(b) it has to ability to catch people’s attention – in a marketing world, that it GOLD!
(c) I love the pony idea as it highlights the worldwide issues of plastic in remote areas – the fact the ponies can never return once they leave is the opposite of how plastics should be – they should always return
(d) it is great to teach people about the different types of plastics, melting temperatures and their ability to be reused and recycled
(e) it is simple enough to inspire others to do it.
I am really, really serious about having one of these and would love to either have you build one for me or if you could give someone who is capable of building one the instructions to do one for me.
If you can’t make one to send to Australia, do you have any friends or backpackers in Australia who have the skills to build one? Please please let me know if there is a way that this can be done.
I posted a small video of the suitcase on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjKkJfHjIaL/?taken-by=recycleonthespot
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