A network of remote community projects turning plastic waste into a recycling profit
We work with communities, who are often forgotten by the rest of the world, as they struggle to hold back the tide of plastic waste engulfing their environment. We provide education programs that encourage plastic to be seen as a valuable recyclable resource and not rubbish. We provide machinery and training to operate a sustainable plastic recycling micro-enterprise. We provide a marketplace for communities to sell their valuable recycled plastic.
BECOME PLASTIC NEUTRAL
INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS & BUSINESSES
We help establish community operated plastic recycling micro-enterprises
We provide communities with an innovative package of technologies, machinery, training and support that enables them to establish a profitable plastic recycling micro-enterprise. Our proprietary “Shruder” recycling machines allow these enterprises to capture more of the recycling supply chain, create more employment and generate greater profit for the community.
We deliver transformative plastic education programs
We believe in the principle that if something has value, it no longer becomes rubbish. Our educational and training programs, that are delivered throughs schools, community groups and government, are built around this principle. We encourage plastic to be seen as a precious resource that shouldn’t be thrown away and to eliminate single use plastic, substitute plastic use and circulate what you must use.
We provide a marketplace for communities to sell their valuable recycled plastic
Certified Ethical Plastic™ is our marketplace for communities to sell their recycled plastic to global brands for use in their products. Our communities receive above market rates for their recycled plastic and we certify the material provenance, working conditions and use-of-funds, plus provide brands a range of marketing support materials so they can tell their ethical plastic story.
Over 25 years ago, a young Louise Hardman (our founder) was volunteering with the Marine Education Society of Australasia on a turtle tagging program. She discovered a small green turtle that was dying a slow painful death from eating plastics hidden in the seagrass.
That turtle didn’t survive, but from that day Louise was determined to do something about the plastic waste epidemic. In memory of that day, the small green turtle is featured in Plastic Collective’s logo.
Today Louise is leading plastic educator, zoologist and science teacher, regularly speaking at international conferences and events about the need to address the global plastic waste epidemic.
Living in the small coastal village of Woolgoolga on the east coast of Australia, Louise developed a mobile recycling machine and an educational program focused on the chemistry of plastics and how to transform waste into valuable items. She started running workshops in how to transform plastic waste and ‘Know your Plastics’ seminars, as she developed the Plastic Collective business.
The goal was to help the world’s most vulnerable and remote communities whose lives and environments were being destroyed by plastic waste and where waste collection is mostly non-existent and plastic pollution is rampant.