ReTie – Locally produced reusable cable ties
Hey amazing people!
Nic here, been following PreciousPlastic (or what was plastic is precious) since v1 – love how the project has evolved and been community driven. A big *hat tip* to Dave and the whole core team. Love your work.
Here is an idea I have had for a project to design a better reusable cabletie/tiewrap/ziptie – the idea being people in local community can provide plastic household waste and we create a usable everyday product that can (ideally) last a lifetime. Below is a link to slides I put together for a funding pitch at the Awesome Foundation Amsterdam this September.
The idea is completely in the public domain, I merely came up with it, and if you want to implement it or want to more about the design I have in mind (and will hopefully start prototyping to go through iterations of the design) just shoot me a message – happy to collaborate on this and to cocreate a better design. For now:
Great idea. Making consumables out of recycled materials is often overlooked.
The principle of this would be simple, the tricky part is such a precise mold and machine efficiency. I can’t see why it could not be done though as it would only be the injection mold process that would need playing with.
recycled plastic often overlooked because of this..
so this community is a big step forward to give new perspective on waste 🙂
thank you dave & team.. 😀
Just wondering which particular polymer you are thinking of using for these cable ties?
There is a good reason why ties are normally made from a material such as Nylon (polyamide). It has a higher tensile strength than most “packaging plastics” – especially the ones that can be most easily reprocessed from sorted waste (eg. polypropylene, HD Polyethylene).
Maybe you could mix in some fibers to the melt to boost the tensile strength?
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