Be a changemaker – start a circular economic system with the precious plastic recycling Machines in a pacific coastal community in Costa Rica.
We’re in a state of emergency right now. Our world is threatened by our own consumption. We are addicted to plastic. Plastic is produced from fossil fuels (oil). Plastic itself is toxic to us and the environment because it is made with BPA, a carcinogenic chemical. Normally, plastic objects can decompose in landfills for up to 1000 years. However, plastic bags that we use in our everyday lives decay 10-1000 years, while plastic bottles take 450 years or more.
The production of disposable plastics not only pollutes air and water, but also wastes oil and our planet’s resources. We don’t have enough oil to waste on making disposable plastics.
Most of them end up in the ocean and are degraded into microplastic so that fish can eat them. Plastic is not biodegradable.
When the plastic gets into the environment, it decomposes into smaller pieces that become microplastics. Through the rain and our rivers, it reaches our groundwater, which we drink. A single microsphere can be up to a million times more toxic than the water around it.
Plastic does more than pollute the earth’s soil and water, it does pollute the air. According to a study published in PLOS One on August 1, scientists at the University of Hawaii found that plastic can release methane and ethylene when exposed to sunlight. Methane and ethylene are greenhouse gases that can adversely affect the environment and our organisms.
For example, according to the Environmental Defense Fund, methane absorbs heat and warms the environment, is 21 times more toxic than C02, and warms the atmosphere even faster. Plastic affects the environment through what scientists have already learned. The emission rate of gases from plastic has only increased over time and releases gases even when it is dark outside.
It is estimated that 500 to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide every year. That’s over a million per minute.
Worldwide, one million plastic bottles are bought every minute – and this figure will exceed half a trillion by 2021.
Every year, 1,000,000 sea birds die of plastic, along with over 100,000 marine animals. Sea turtles confuse plastic bags with jellyfish because they cannot tell the difference because they are their main source of food.
The project precious plastic in Bahia Ballena is a cooperation between the Bahia Ballena Plastic Free Initiative, Mad about diving, the Kabe International School, the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, CACOBA and Gaia Protection. Bahia Ballena free of plastic a joint initiative that has been working for many years for environmental awareness and environmental protection in the region, a local diving company.
With the open source plastic recycling machines from www.preciusplastic.com we want to create a local impact. Through empowering environmental awareness within the local community we can fight the pollution problem by its roots. Seeing waste as something precious and useful can change the perspective on our consumption behaviour.
The work with the machines within the community and the production of new, useful plastic products from recycled waste create jobs and a plastic recycling center for educational purposes. At the same time, the program works with youth groups and increases regional environmental awareness for the next generation!
The vision of the organization is to remove plastic waste from the marine coastal region and transform it into a valuable new product while training the community and creating a sustainable economic system.
In cooperation with the local dive shop Mad about Diving, which collects the plastic from the sea and beaches, Kabe, which will facilitate the workplace and the accompanying educational programs, Geoporter and Bahia Ballena plastic free, which will support the entire project with its geospatial technology, its environmental and local knowledge.
Gaia Protection will offer workshops for schools and communities, support volunteers and provide two of the recycling machines.
“Turning waste into precious knowledge” will be able to train and coach community members and students on the impact of plastics, sustainable solutions and the function of the machine.
At this moment we started a social enterpreneurship
With this project we can create a local recycling system that reflects new jobs and opportunities, supports ecological projects and improves environmental awareness by making plastics valuable within the community.
To encourage community members to actively participate in this recycling economy, we will implement a deposit program where people can bring their clean and dry plastic waste into our workspace and receive an economic reward for doing so.
We need you!
- Volunteer at Kabe international school and develop a social entrepreneurship program with our future generations, the children
- Environmental speeches and workshops for the community and municipalities
- Social media support
- Experiences with plastic