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This evening we had our first public meeting and it was tough but good.
Do you know if anyone else in the UK has created one of the workspaces in the shipping container? The UK seems so laden in red tape that getting something like this done is a bit of a headache.
One of the issues I hadn’t thought about was planning permission. I guess we’d need to apply for planning permission?
Another was electricity. Do any of you use solar panels? And the issue of toilets were brought up. As well as training, health and safety.As was division of labour vs division of profit.
Vandalisation of the facility and stocks of ‘raw’ materials was another issue, and I’ve just thought about insurance.
Although I have the email addresses of some interested people and we have agreed another meeting I must admit I am a bit deflated. Boo.
Love this pot and aloe combo! Well done.
Ooh, I like this. I’m guessing you are targeting coffee shops rather than individual consumers?
Most of my hippy pals who have coffee grinds to dispose of put them in the compost/ wormeries, and one dedicated gem of a person keeps his for his orchard as they are acidic and especially good for fruit trees apparently. (Who knew?).
I am looking to fundraise starting costs of around £3k. However, to get this money, I have to create a group or organisation which is more charity than business. However, I’m happy to pursue this route, and I’m looking to create some sort of co-operative.
Part of my issue is that I am very keen to get the project off the ground locally but then it is likely that we’ll be moving abroad in the next few months, so I’m not certain I will succeed in my aims.
The Precious Plastic Kit that you can download has lots of ready-made resources that would suit older students, including the properties of different plastics and their labelling.
I home educate my children and have found Dave’s videos to be really informative and inspirational.
I’m not sure what other resources I would want to produce, as there is so much already on this website. I suppose younger children might need a different sort of information?
Hi there! About using plastics for clothes – please be aware that when washed, synthetic clothing releases loads of plastic microfibres into the water that then enters streams and the sea. I think it’s best to steer clear of synthetic clothing if possible.
I’m glad you’ve posted this. I live on the coast and our local Scout group do beach cleans, so I know how much plastic is washed on our beaches, but I wasn’t sure that it could be recycled. Now I know.
I heard about this through the kids’ podcast, WOW in the world – it’s intriguing, but I’m not sure it’s the whole solution.
Hi Dave, My sons (age 6 & 10) and I found your projects online today and we’re super inspired.
We also love your beautiful eyes, but can’t work out what colour they are. So are they green, grey, blue or very light brown?!
Hi – I was watching the videos with my sons who said this would be something great for Scouts and Guides. I have some contacts in the UK Guide and Scout associations. I will contact them this week, however, I think they would only be able to get involved once a workspace is complete in their locality. But I will get onto it.
We have a biomass boiler that heats our hot water for the central heating (and washing), and the pellets that are burned arrive in plastic bags. Lots of plastic bags. I am new to Precious Plastics and think that these empty bags must be all over the place. Just another potential resource.
Best wishes from Cumbria, UK.
I really like these. They should sell well, I would think. Excellent work.