- Precious Plastics Plymouth
- Nudge Community Builders
- Plymouth Scrapstore
Our vision is to make Precious Plastics Plymouth a household name in the city and raise awareness about plastic processing, making and recycling. By producing sheet material with the sheet press we will be able to provide Nudge Community Builders- and individuals around Plymouth- with building materials to create items like desks, tables and shelving but also material to create dividing walls for their buildings, like the newly acquired C103 Building on Union Street.
Plymouth has signed up to the ambitious plan to become a Fab city. (https://fabcityplymouth.co.uk/) This means that by 2054 everything that gets sold in Plymouth will need to be created in Plymouth. This plan requires businesses and individuals to change the way they think about production. There will be a need for more maker spaces and creative thinking around new ways of fabrication. We feel that our project will come instrumental in achieving some of the educational and technical elements of this change.
Working with the University of Plymouth and Nudge community builders we have already been able to reach a number of individuals and organisations. The response is overwhelmingly positive. Our base of operations is the Greenhouse at the Plot. The Greenhouse project at The Plot ( https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/arts-humanities-business/the-greenhouse – a Makerspace) will act as an incubator for local people to develop a variety of skills ie CAD/CAM and mould-making for new products and other technical/maker skills that will benefit our project. The greenhouse has a strong link with the University of Plymouth, this will help in nourishing a network of savvy and curious individuals, that will benefit from the material experimentation and bring in new ideas and projects. Whilst maintaining a foothold within Union Street and the communities around Stonehouse.
Working together with Plymouth Scrapstore allows us to streamline our source material (Plastic) from various businesses and individuals in and around Plymouth. It will allow us to tap into their resources so we can buy large quantities of clean plastics of the same type (polypropylene and Polyethylene) that are suitable for our production process. We would be holding free events in collaboration with the Scrapstore which will help to encourage different users to visit and engage with them. It will also allow us to sell our products in their store so visitors/customers can see what can be done with waste plastic. We will encourage customers to come up with ideas for new products that they might want to create for their own gain. This can lead to them skilling up and getting involved in the project through activities at the Greenhouse at the Plot, creating a more resilient community in the process.