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In reply to: Business Plan

helper
31/08/2018 at 19:39
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rorydickens — I would love that! Not sure when I will have the time/proper technical connection, but maybe you could email me at [email protected] to set something up? I am interested in ALL you do, but specifically, I am interested in your connection to the Rotary as we have a local chapter here I am thinking of connecting with. For years I had had the idea of ‘waffle ironing’ roof panels for post disasters and my heart is glowing knowing that you are out there working on this every day.  Yay for all you do! Yay for Dave for bringing us all together and making each step towards a sustainable future look so doable!

Rock on! Super duper look forward to talking with you!

 

PS– I sent Anas from Indonesia your way as he(?) is currently trying to do something similar post-earthquake. So honored to be a part of this work with all of you.

~Leflora

helper
31/08/2018 at 19:27
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YES!! I like this a LOT!

Having on the ground data and templates from projects already up and running will help the rest of us get started. Seems like we might need to have several templates– one for roughly every size/type of community and project. For instance, what works for you might have some crossover with what works for me– but I might have even more in common with Eddie in New Jersey (USA), he and I might work off the same template; whereas Anas from Indonesia might be able to follow your template to a T.

 

Thanks for getting this started and I look forward to spending some time with your data.

 

Yay!! We are doing it people <3

In reply to: Business Plan

helper
31/08/2018 at 19:14
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Thanks rorydickens!

I like your idea too 🙂

 

Because of the size of my community and its massive plastic consumption, which quickly ends up in the landfill (and a [realtively] small percentage in the streams, rivers, ocean, and no landfill land), I am feeling like we need to reach a critical mass quickly. A vast majority of my community will be in support of our efforts, but I need to take philosophical support and transmute it into physical/monetary support. Currently, most residents pay to have their weekly trash and recycling taken to the dump– obviously only reaching part of the community’s goals for its ‘trash’. I would like to displace/disrupt that system to divert all usable plastic into a community plastic banking system, from which a new local manufacturing economy can eventually grow– perhaps starting with making emergency shelter panels!

 

My community has several examples of sustainable practices, policies, and networks to learn from, but no exact template to follow. Hence, my posts ;P

 

For example–There is a local woman who started a community composting program where for $5 (US) she picks up compost once a week on her bike. She then composts the material at a local nonprofit (Homeless Garden Project) and participants can come to get finished compost for use on at home gardens.

I would like to emulate many of her successes, however, the scale of my communities plastic consumption, as well as the costs for equipment necessitate some different strategies.

 

Still in the brainstorming stage, but I want to make sure this venture is solvent. I don’t necessarily want to spend all(any?) my Precious time fundraising… I hope to create a symbiotic system (that pays for itself ha!) Looking for any ideas of how to turn philosophical support into sustainable support. Since people here are already paying to have their ‘trash’ taken away, seems like I might be able to get them to spend that money more wisely– aka on community Precious Plastic program!

 

Thanks for reading and being my sounding board 😀

I look forward to creating in collaboration with all of you <3
~Leflora

In reply to: Business Plan

helper
30/08/2018 at 21:29
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Hey Hey Business People–

 

Has anyone thought of offering Shares in their local PP?

I know some well know products have started off that way (Hint– I’m using one of their products to write this 😉

Might be a way to pool resources, collect collaborators, and actually finance our dreams/machines. We could offer finished products, shares of plastic for them to do with what they please, or even money if we grow that much. I know in my community there are a lot more people interested in being a part of the solution who don’t necessarily have the time or energy to take on a leadership role– but they might have some resources to contribute to our cause– particularly if they will get a return on investment (eventually).

Of course I am also interested in more Out of the Box ideas– like including investors with the data of how much plastic we are keeping out of the landfill or ocean, how many local jobs and products are created in their community,  and how much outreach we are doing with local schools and organizations.

Some of this has some crossover with Patreon, but I was thinking of more direct and community connected– more like shares.

 

Happy to hear any thoughts and ideas.

Keep up the great work team!

helper
30/08/2018 at 20:36
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Hi Anas

Hope everyone is holding up alright where you are <3

 

Rory had previously worked with/for All Hands and Hearts, so they might be good to hook up with now– https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/programs/indonesia-earthquake-relief/

They might be able to help find resources and help spread the impact of your project.

 

for Eco-brick building I know that the bricks need to be as compressed as possible, so just make sure you pack them full and tight!

I am ALWAYS a fan of making a game out of who can gather as much M.O.O.P. (Mater Out Of Place) as possible. Then you can have the kids see who can stuff the most ‘trash’ into the bottles. You can have prizes for both the most pieces of MOOP collected and overall weight– if you don’t have a scale, maybe someone has a fish scale you can borrow.

You can also see how many bottles the kids can fill in X amount of time. Just make sure they are packed tight!

 

I think trying to create more substantial building materials is part of what is going to happen at Precious Plastic Headquarter this fall, so please take good notes so we can learn from what you are doing. Hopefully, there will be a Thread on the Forums that is easy to follow. This is the subject I most passionate about so I am going to try to keep in the loop about the latest updates– I let you know if anything super important comes up 🙂

Best of luck in your project and I look forward to seeing your progress– please keep us updated!

 

Thank you for being you 😀

helper
30/08/2018 at 05:25
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You might want to connect with Recycle Rebuild and Rory Dicken– he is working to create recycled building materials. He is currently in the Caribbean ( I think). Probably a good person to connect to.

Long term I am interested in creating tempory shelters for post disasters– both bringing pre-made material to affected areas, as well as bringing Precious Plastic machines to said areas and leaving them for the community to jumpstart its own  Precious Plastic economy post-disaster (think positive Shock Doctrine)

(Loooooong term, like I said)

Peace and Love Amigo– keep up the fabulous work of being you!

In reply to: shredder build IDEA

helper
30/08/2018 at 05:04
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Hey Ewan, ewanenj

THANK YOU!

Such a quick and informative answer 🙂

Turns out I am getting a free woodchipper on Saturday, so we will see what I can do with that. I am under the impression it is a fairly small one. Might end up modifying it, if nothing else. Maybe my American chipper will do the trick lol!

I definitely want to make sure my shredded plastic is usable in the future (right now I am focused on cleaning, shredding, and banking my local {precious} plastic– product production is my phase 2– although I am interested in your flower pot design!)

I will post if I come across anything interesting in my woodchipper work.

 

Thanks Precious Plastic People!

icmore409   Tag!

helper
30/08/2018 at 03:58
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Turns out I am getting a FREE woodchipper on Saturday!

It needs a little work, but free is still a very good price!

(BTW I just posted an ISO on my local Buy Nothing/Sell Nothing group– 3 hours later and I had an offer 🙂

 

Going to tag you in another post where Kettle went into chipper details.

Thanks for being you and look forward to all we can create together!

helper
28/08/2018 at 21:23
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Great ideas! Looking forward to hearing about your 2018 updates!

In reply to: shredder build IDEA

helper
28/08/2018 at 21:09
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Any updates?

 

Anyone just used the woodchipper? I am interested in getting one and modifying it as little as possible so I can focus on shredding and storing my communities plastic ASAP

 

Thanks PPP!

helper
28/08/2018 at 20:30
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This might not be the right place for this (or right time), but has anyone worked with a woodchipper?? I feel like that might be the easiest way for me to go (here in California), at least to get started and start banking plastic– thoughts?

helper
07/08/2018 at 04:05
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This is definitely my niche– so glad I found this thread!

I don’t have much experience, but my enthusiasm is through the roof!

Will look through the Recycle Build webpage and social media.

Please keep me in the loop about how I can get involved and lend a hand!

 

Peace

~Leflora

helper
07/08/2018 at 03:56
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YES!!! I am most definitely interested in connecting!

This is something I have been thinking about for a long time and I would like to specialize my Precious Plastic (V4) project in the area of emergency shelters. Toying with producing both modular pieces to be shipped and equipment so they can create on-site, with the idea of leaving the machines there to contribute to the local economy– and of course help curve the plastic problem.

 

looking forward to collaborating!

Best of luck and Thank You for Being YOU!

 

~Leflora

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