Recycling plastic waste at ISH!

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*NOTE: ISH students, parents and staff can make donations in cash to Ms. Contreiras in B003! Please see our second update for more information on this!*

About us

Hello there! Great that you've found us!

We, the PlastISH team at the International School of the Hague, are looking for someone just like YOU.

You long for a green future, you want to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up polluting our beautiful Earth, you want to make a difference. And that's why you've come to the right place!

At PlastISH, our aim is to have a complete production line consisting of all four machines to recycle our school's plastic waste. This way, we'd be able to create products at a relatively large scale and have a greater impact on the community, both at ISH and in The Hague - possibly even at an international scale later on! 

Simeng spent two years building the plastic shredder for her Personal Project but we cannot afford to spend a total of six years on the remaining machines and that's why we've decided to buy them. Problem is, this needs money...

Our team is split into designers, engineers and business & marketing who have so far been working together to:
- Shred different types of plastic 
- Make improvements to the shredder
- Develop molds 
- Create a website
- Present our work at different exhibitions


Just so you can be sure that your money will be used wisely, here is the budget plan: 

Extrusion Machine - €1260
Injection Machine - €400
Compressor - €700

Special Price for the 3 machines - € 2150
(the above adds to €2360 but we have received a discount)

Shipping cost is around €500 for 3 machines

Remaining €100 will be spent on molds

Total = €2750

Information on the four machines

Shredder (the one we have):
Plastic waste is shredded into tiny pieces which will be used in the other machines to create new things. By changing the sieve inside the machine, the output size of the pieces can be modified to create different patterns and processes.


Extruder (one of the three that we need):
Extrusion is a continuous process where plastic pieces are extruded into a line of plastic. This can be wrapped around a mold or used to refill our 3D printers with printing filament in a variety of colours. Possible products include lampshades, rope material, grips, fashionable hats, 3D printing filament...

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Injection Machine (one of the three that we need):
Plastic pieces are heated and injected into a mold. It is a relatively quick process which is well suited for creating and mass producing small objects. Various molds can be created, both simple and complex. Possible products include wall tiles, spinning tops, handles, creative art pieces...

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Compressor (one of the three that we need):
Plastic is heated inside the oven and slowly pressed into a mold with a carjack. Well suited for making large and more solid objects, the oven itself is also a great machine for prototyping and making plastic tests with. Possible products include clipboards, trays, cutting boards, bowls, plant pots, pencil holders, wall clocks...

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Appreciation gift for all donors
- Your name will be written on the sides of the shredder machine
- You will be offered a personalized gift when we have the machines

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would simply like to say hi :)

Finally, please help us spread the word! Tell your friends, family, colleagues, teachers, students, the bus driver, the lady at the cashier - everyone!

The more support we get, the sooner we can start making a difference together.

Possible products


Team pictures

* PlastISH is a project inspired by Dave Hakkens' Precious Plastic initiative

Precious Plastic website: www.preciousplastic.com
PlastISH website: www.preciousplasticish.wixsite.com/plastish 

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WE’VE MADE IT! Last Wednesday (13.02.2019), the machines arrived at ISH! This is truly an achievement considering it has been a very long journey full of meetings, exchanging emails, phone calls and contracts but it’s all been worth the result! Funding for the machines began in May, the order was placed in October and they were manufactured in Portugal.

We would like to take this opportunity to send you a heartfelt THANK YOU! Although the principal agreed to cover the remaining amount, an incredible €1158 came from our GoFundMe donors and this is what has made the start of this project so meaningful. Support not only came from parents and staff at ISH but also from donors in the Netherlands, Spain and China. As an international school, it was wonderful to see this diversity and sense of community.

The team is currently busy setting everything up to start recycling as soon as possible. It has taken some time to find the best classroom to use as a temporary workspace but the box with the machines will finally be opened tomorrow - we can’t wait! Stay tuned!

Bonus: Once we have experimented with the machines, you will be receiving a small gift made from ISH’s recycled plastic :)

For more information on PlastISH and the machines, explore https://preciousplasticish.wixsite.com/plastish
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A huge THANK YOU to all parents, teachers and staff at ISH as well as all donors from the community who have supported PlastISH! This week the team has engraved the names of all donors onto the sides of the plastic shredder as an appreciation gift. See if you can find yours! If it isn't there yet, don't think twice - click on that donate button to make a difference.

SPECIAL MENTION: We would especially like to highlight the contribution of Gael Lescornec for the highest donation yet of €60! WOW!
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We set up this GoFundMe page only two months ago and have already reached 31% of our goal! So much international support from not only the ISH community but also donors in the Netherlands, Spain and China has made PlastISH an even more meaningful project :)

It's been a while since our last update because we have been busy with our involvement in various events:
- The first ISH Green Day (21 June)
- The IBDP Year 12 Core Celebration evening (26 June)
- The Year 9 End-of-Year party with the theme "Zero Artificial Waste" (10 July)

For these occasions, we prepared interactive displays where visitors were able to use the plastic shredder and see the tiny pieces of shredded plastic bottles as the results. These were wonderful opportunities to raise awareness and spark interest, not only in our project but also considering the issue of plastic waste. Thank you to those who were there for coming and to the event organizers for letting PlastISH be a part of them!

In terms of the other three machines, the aim is to get them during the first semester of the next academic year. Further donations from the community and contributions from the ISH Parent Association and the business manager should be just the support that is needed to help make this possible!

Last but not least, take a look at our updated story: We've added a description of each of the three machines together with pictures of possible products that could be created with them. If there is anything else you would like to see added, please let us know by sending an email to plastish@ishthehague.nl. We'd love to hear what you think!

Thank you to everyone for all your support and have a great summer vacation ahead!

SPECIAL MENTION: Since our last update, we would especially like to highlight the contribution of Josef D, Julie Demargne and Dirk Peeters - each of them donated €50! WOW!
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The second week (and a half) has passed and we are now at 23% of our goal! Thank you so much for your help!

As requested by some of our supporters, we will be adding more specific information about each of the machines in the description and will also include examples of products that have been made across the globe. These details should hopefully help paint a better picture of the creative recycling possibilities these Precious Plastic machines offer! The aim is to order all three of them before the summer holidays so that they arrive for the next academic year. The good news is that, if donations continue at this rate, we will be able to achieve this!

Once again, a big thank you to all of our supporters - this wouldn't be possible without you!

SPECIAL MENTION: We would especially like to highlight the contribution of E.C. van den Dries-Roelse (€50) and Ramon Nogueroles (€55) for the highest donations this week! They also decided to set the bar a little higher ;)
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