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‘Shruder’ program attracts Royal interest

‘Shruder’ program attracts Royal interest

31st January, 2018. London, UK. (International Sustainability Unit)

A machine which shreds and extrudes marine plastic into usable items is attracting high-level international interest — including from Prince Charles.

The ‘shruder’ is the invention of Louise Hardman, a Coffs Harbour-based environmental scientist and teacher.

Founder of the Plastic Collective Ms Hardman said it was vital to try to turn back the tide of marine pollution in the Asia-Pacific region.

“By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish,” Ms Hardman said.

Ms Hardman has just returned from a successful trip to London at the request of the Prince of Wales for his International Sustainability Unit meeting on Plastic Pollution & The Circular Economy.

Production of her machine is starting to ramp up and Ms Hardman said she was buoyed by the royal support.

“The latest thing that’s happened is I was invited over to a meeting in the UK with the International Sustainability Unit run by Prince Charles,” she said.

“It is the third in a series that he’s been doing based on plastic pollution and the circular economy, and how to keep plastics out of the ocean because he’s very concerned about it.”

The sustainability unit has been set up to bring businesses and environmentalists together to find solutions.

Ms Hardman said since that meeting she had started working with large organisations such as Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The NSW Governor David Hurley, on a recent visit to Coffs Harbour, got to see first hand how the Shruder processed plastic waste into products such as filament wire for computers, and whipper snipper cord.

He said it was a brilliant idea and he looked forward to it going ahead.

Ms Hardman said the first machines would be rolled out at Airlie Beach next week in a partnership with Ecobarge Clean Seas.

The next opportunity would be in Bali and potentially Vanuatu — but ultimately Ms Hardman wanted many more.

“I’d like to build 100,000 machines,” she said.

“Basically there are about 4,000 islands that we’re focused on that are earning less than $5,000 a year. These 4,000 islands are in the Asia-Pacific region where 60 per cent of the world’s plastic is originating from and going into the ocean.

“There are a lot of people living on these islands and they have next to no waste collection because of their economy.”

Ms Hardman said Coca-Cola South Pacific was helping to sponsor the Whitsundays program.


By Helen Merkell

Updated 28 Feb 2018, 2:11pm

Louise Hardman March 24, 2018

NSW Governor meets Plastic Collective Crew

NSW Governor meets Plastic Collective Crew

His Excellency, Hon David Hurley and his wife, Mrs Hurley were hosted for 2 hours by Coffs Harbour business Plastic Collective on Thursday.

Louise Hardman, Founder of Plastic Collective, presented and demonstrated the training programs and machinery which are recycling waste plastics into resources for communities.

While Mark Wolf, Chief Engineer, explained all the unique adaptations and features of the Shruder machine and why it was a much-needed application for remote areas.

Hon. Hurley and Mrs Hurley were fascinated with the Shruder machinery, even shredding bottles caps while Louise demonstrated the remoulding of the processed bottlecaps.

They described the entire Shruder program as ‘a brilliant idea’.  Mrs Hurley, herself a keen recycler was keen to learn about all aspects of the program.  Finishing the day off with an inspirational sing-along.

Plastic Collective invited to Vanuatu

Plastic Collective invited to Vanuatu


Transforming Plastic Waste in Vanuatu

In August 2017, local company and Pacific Mini games Platinum Sponsor Azure Pure Water launched its “Give Me 5” bottle buy back and recycling scheme. Recognising that waste management and plastic disposal in Vanuatu is a challenge, the company shouldered its responsibility as a manufacturer in Vanuatu and has been working to provide a viable and sustainable solution for the management of the plastic waste which they produce within the unique Vanuatu context.

Partnering with NevHouse

Partnering with NevHouse

NevHouse was founded by Nev Hyman, an entrepreneur with a passion for surfing. With success in the surfboard industry, Nev is now giving back to communities around the world by providing sustainable housing.

NevHouse creates low-cost homes for areas that have been affected by natural disasters. The need for relief is extensive, and NevHouse is working hard to make an impact in these communities. Not only is NevHouse providing housing, but they’re keeping all aspects of life in mind. Solar panels are installed, technology for clean drinking water is included, and little maintenance is needed. These flat-packed houses are built within 2-4 days by trained locals, which creates much-needed jobs within these communities.

Plastic Collective will be partnering with NevHouse in a unique way. By using the end recycled material produced by our Shruder machines, we will be providing NevHouse with materials necessary for building these low-cost homes.

Our current goal is to set up Plastic Collective’s recycling program in Vanuatu, where NevHouse is working to relieve the communities from the impacts of Cyclone Pam.

Helping Pacific communities recycle plastic

Helping Pacific communities recycle plastic

A MARINE turtle that died after ingesting more than 15 types of plastic in Wooli River, gave local woman Louise Hardman the motivation and determination to do something about ocean debris.

Louise’s current mission is to empower communities to clean up plastic materials from the Pacific Ocean coastlines. So she founded ‘The Pacific Collective’ – a business to produce machines that recycle, remould and repurpose plastic waste.