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Plastics are light, strong, durable, mouldable and cheap. These qualities are fantastic when they make useful things and terrible when they make waste. In 2013 Dave Hakkens realised that one way to fight plastic pollution is to turn single-use plastic into useful objects people want to keep. He set about designing simple machines that people can build to do just that, and the precious plastics community was born .
State Library started building machines in 2017 and now they are being installed in the basement in The Edge, ready to use. Once a month, starting 13 April we will be holding a meet-up in our basement lab for people interested in building machines, exploring better ways to use them, designing and making useful things from plastic waste and generally changing the world for the better.
Enthusiasm is more important than experience, and bookings are not necessary.
Precious plastics meet-up happens on the second Saturday of the month between 1-3pm.