We're Lana Lim and Michael Miyajima, two high schoolers living in Los Angeles. We realized that many of our peers lacked the interest or motivation to alleviate environmental problems. This can be largely attributed to the lack of sustainability-focused classes in schools. Many youth surveys indicated they never or rarely hear about sustainability in the classroom.
With your support we can start a free traveling mobile recycling workshop geared specifically for L.A. youth in L.A. schools. We believe in fun, engaging, hands on educational classes in the schools that promote sustainability and reduces plastic pollution.
With our free mobile workshop, students will be recycling their own plastic waste and gain the opportunity to turn it into new functional products such as bowls and vases, keychains, earrings and many more. They will also learn about the plastic pollution problem and what they can do to help in a fun and kid friendly way.
Our free mobile workshop will be equipped with a set of simple plastic recycling machines modeled after the machines created by Dave Hakkens in his Precious Plastic Project( link ).
The machine can shred plastic waste into micro-sized pieces that can be easily melted and reshaped. The melted plastic can be shaped into bowls, cups, or used as filament for 3D printers. It can also fill small molds with plastic - essentially anything that can be molded can be created with the resultant component, such as combs, small toy animals, key chains, and earrings.
With our mobile workshop, students can both reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfills and gain experience in fighting against the pollution problem, along with gaining a better understanding of the process of recycling, and the necessity for sustainable prevention work.
Our fundraising target is to reach $20,000. We hope to finish fundraising by June 2021, and begin operations in late summer!
FIXED COSTS PER WORKSHOP:
Recycling Machine + Shipping : $7000
Infrastructure (chairs, tables, tents): $700
Office supplies (Posters, educational materials): $300
OPERATION COSTS PER MONTH:
PPE Costs (masks, gloves, sanitizing wipes): $100
Transportation costs: $300
Machine Storage: $100
Van rental: $250
Food and water for volunteers: $ 300
Volunteer gifts: $200
Total budget for the first month of operation: $9,350
Succeeding months will only cost: $1350
Thanks for visiting our page!
Lana Lim and Michael Miyajima
Sample products up cycled from plastic waste:
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