Plastic Reuse for Practical Use

1) Waste & Civic Engagement: 

Plastics and other waste are discarded in developed countries where every convenient because little value is seen in them after they have served their purpose. This causes pollution of the oceans, streets filled with waste, and little social change. The Hamilton Perkins Collection has come up with a way to work with developing countries to convert plastic waste around the world into valuable products by adding value.

2) Technology:

  • Canvas is made out of recycled bottles and recycled vinyl billboards to produce bags
  • The plastics are recovered from Haiti by community members in developing countries and recycling centers clean and crush the plastic
  • The business estimates that compared to normal duffel bags, 15,000 pounds of CO2 is saved in emissions

3) Stakeholders:

  • Residents in developing countries
  • Retail Businesses
  • Customers valuing causes

4) Deployment: 

  • Generate pipelines for gathering plastics
  • Partner with other developing countries to increase scale of production
  • Partner with store front businesses to diversify the market

5) Student Post:

“The roads are made from plastic soda bottles which allows the DOT in Texas so save almost $700,000 in traditional repair. With this model they found a way to save money in repairs and also take plastics out of landfills.”


Dominic Bell (dlb2189)


5 thoughts on “Plastic Reuse for Practical Use

  1. The bottles are broken down into flakes in Haiti, but then sent to the US for processing, vs. all production happening in Haiti. Article doesn’t mention the flakes to fabric technology, but would be interested to know what else it can and does produce, and if the fabric can be used for other types of items.


  2. The article mentions that this new bags are not only more affordable than a regular bag, but also reduce greenhouse carbon emissions, save water in the process, and generate jobs in developing countries.


  3. This is an interesting idea. There are tons of plastic produced in the package, operation, as well as the process of shipment. It will be great if this technology could be implemented and turn plastic into practical use.


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