HOUSEHOLD WASTE

MilkbagsUnlimited

Kleinburg, Canada

WHERE: Kleinburg, Canada

TYPE OF PLASTIC WASTE:

Milk bags
Mats
The milk bags are woven into sleeping mats which are distributed to homeless shelters and refugees
Established after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Angela Kesthely started this initiative that relies solely on volunteers and milk bag donations that are then made into mats.
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Plastic Bottle Village

WHERE: Bocas del Toro, Panama

TYPE OF PLASTIC WASTE:

Plastic Bottles
Houses 
Millions of plastic bottles have been saved from landfill and are repurposed to be the main resource in diverse infrastructures
Spearheading the idea that plastic bottles can be used for insulation, swimming pools, animal shelters, Robert Bezeau has built a multi-purpose village that can also be visited by tourists who are keen for an earth-positive lodging experience! 
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Tritubot

Kleinburg, Canada

WHERE: Guayaquil, Ecuador

TYPE OF PLASTIC WASTE:

PET Bottles
Bus Fare
Tritubot has built machines where you can exchange your plastic bottles for a bus ticket. 
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At the bus terminal, you can exchange your PET bottles (up to 3-liter bottles) for 2 cents. 15  bottles will pay for a single bus fare around the city. The machine accepts national and international bottles. The machine can hold 1200 compressed bottles before it needs to be emptied. This scheme has proven so successful, with individuals of all social classes. Tritubot effectively has added value and an incentive to recycle PET bottles.

Reverse Garbage

WHERE: Marrickville, Sydney

TYPE OF PLASTIC WASTE:

Waste otherwise destined for landfill
Creative reuse
A whole array of plastic (and non-plastic items) can be found at this enormous creative reuse centre. Providing local communities with the resources needed to change behaviours surrounding reuse and waste disposal.

Reverse Garbage is stopping materials going to waste in landfill and renewing their value by making them available for reuse by families, students, artists and community groups.

"It’s one of the most effective ways we can reduce our impact on the natural environment. And it allows us to be more thrifty, more independent, more creative and more responsible in how we live our lives."

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We discovered that Reverse Garbage Syndey was not alone in its endeavours. We visited another creative reuse centre with the same name (though not connected) in Brisbane, Queensland and were once again inspired by the scope of this kind of work. Changing the way we view are waste is key in even beginning to solve the problem. Well worth a visit to your nearest creative resue centre! 

Everwards 

Rimagined

WHERE: Chennai, India

TYPE OF PLASTIC WASTE:

Designing plastic-free, day to day alternatives as well as help organise zero-waste events, weddings and ceremonies.
"At Everwards, we give everyone a reason to embrace sustainability."

Everwards will be a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to shop mindfully and consciously. Every product has a story, making no one look further than Everwards while moving towards being a responsible consumer.

 

The company designs solutions to serious environmental hazards through product development, waste management, and sustainable consumption advocacy. It also focuses on package-free ideas, giving back to society, and circular economy. 

WHERE: Bangalore, India

TYPE OF PLASTIC WASTE:

Using everything from denim scraps, wood cuttings and plastic offcuts, Rimagined upcycles these into products. This enterprise promotes sustainable and conscientious consumption habits while at the same time creating livelihoods for women across various rural and urban areas in India.

Rimagined is a social enterprise based in India. A team of 35 individuals make up the enterprise that focusses on infiltrating recycled products into Indian consumer habits. Producing plastic-free alternatives and other daily-used products out of waste products at an affordable price is helping people change their consumption habits and is introducing more sustainable alternatives.