During our journey we encounter a lot of plastic waste. It lies on the street, washes up on beaches and it floats in the ocean. We recycle part of this plastic with machines that we carry on board. The result: colourful flowerpots!
Cleaning up beaches together
Because we visit many coastal areas during the trip, we want to clean up in these places. We do this together with children, local people, schools and others that are happy to help. After we have collected plastic waste, we recycle it using the two machines we bring to the location. Together we can make the world a little greener every day.
Shredding with the Hulk
The first challenge is getting 'The Hulk' on location. The Hulk is a large green shredder of +/- 30 kg made from stainless steel. But once it is placed on the beach between the plastic, you cannot avoid the machine. The children enjoy throwing plastic waste into the machine. After turning the large wheel a few times we get small pieces of plastic. We use these pieces of plastic as raw material for our flowerpots.
Melting with the sun
We have developed our own press to make unique flowerpots. The press goes into the solar oven, which heats up to 200 degrees. That’s warm enough to melt the plastic perfectly. This way we do not use fossil fuels during the process. All over the world we can recycle plastic, as long as the sun shines!
Electricity is often used for recycling. This can be very expensive and is generated with fossil fuels. It’s polluting and costs local people money. That is why we melt the plastic in our solar oven using the energy of the sun.
Facts about the flowerpot
A flowerpot consists of
0.5 kg of plastic.
The process does not consume
The flower pot is created with manpower and solar energy.
It takes +/- 30 minutes to shred
plastic for one flower pot.
A filled press needs 3 hours
in the solar oven.
Different types of plastic are used
for the flower pots.