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I read this pretty good article about why making plastic roads isn’t a good answer to the problem. There are some really good arguments against.
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this.
I have maker friends in London with workshop space in Hackney. They are also actively involved in plastic themed projects. In addition to that they are artists / metal workers and will be able to put your frame together for a reasonable cost if you don’t have access to a welder.
Contact Felicity Jones, Blacksmith, https://www.felicityjonesmetal.com/ with workshop in Hackney.
I was in Egypt this winter. The trash everywhere is so bad. In Dahab, there are a few anti plastic groups. There are trash dives and beach cleans. If you are going there you could look at the Don’t Mess With Dahab FB group. They organise trash clean ups and we took part in a trash art competition. I met someone there who is interested in setting up a Precious Plastic recycling style group. The trash is just dumped in the wadis. There was also a trash collection planned with camels in the national park. It just comes back though!
The problem is mainly with the tourists, Dahab was mainly Egyptian tourists while I was there. So many tourists drink so much water which comes in plastic bottles. I use a metal bottle and there were only 2 restaurants that would fill my water bottle. I was there for 5 weeks and only had to buy 2 plastic bottles. I was totally willing to pay for a refill as the water is not available like it is in my home of Scotland. As a tourist who makes a real effort not to use plastic it was a challenge. There were some discussions with hotels to install water machines in rooms and lobbys so that tourists can refill bottles.
Friends also rented out plates and cutlery as an alternative for people going to the Friday market as most of the amazing food there is served on polystyrene plates with plastic forks! Some people are trying but some people are all talk and no action. If you are going to be in Dahab I am happy to pass on these action people contacts.
Good luck. It is a big challenge.
You could spray with a release agent to help get the molded sections out. It will reduce the frustration level if you are going to do this regularly.
great idea! Thanks for the tip.
Hello there Javier and everyone
I’m new to this community and excited to see it here. I’ve been anti-plastic for years, I’m involved in the festival world, an artist, welder, fabricator, have taught art workshops with kids in US and UK, have worked collaboratively on some really big projects with lots of volunteers. I love working collaboratively and have been active in makerspaces and hackspaces in US and UK since 2006. I move around a lot as I have been living in my van for several years.
I’m interested in working with you on this project.
I’ve had container workshops before and believe they are the way to go. It has been my dream to set up a mobile container workshop that could travel and deliver workshops. This was always going to be a metal workshop, teaching basic metal skills but I’m excited about the plastic recycling idea as a way of spreading knowledge, understanding and being an important part of the conversation in communities where it needs to be an everyday conversation. Basically everywhere on the planet!
I’m currently out the UK but will be back in a month and can be part of the conversation remotely. Please add me to the google doc so I can follow the conversation.
Street power won’t be a problem. Councils will be able to provide a decent power hook up for whatever is required. If it is in a field at a festival the festival org will have the hook up. Glastonbury isn’t on this year but there is Boomtown in August.
Gazebos are terrible things! They blow over and break if someone sneezes next to them. What about a garden shed, a play on the maker thing. Cheap as chips to build, possible to make in a modular form and easy enough to move around in a van for an early test version.
I found you because this seems like a project I would set up with some friends who work in the festival world. I love the idea of touring around with something like this and doing workshops along the way.
Thanks for getting this started.