Plastic Collective Presentation for Plasticity Pacific, Fiji

27th March, 2019

The 2019 Plasticity Forum attracts hundreds of innovators, businesses and policy makers who are focused on finding solutions for waste plastic and creating circular economies for Planet, People and Profit.

It was with regret that Louise was unable to attend this event in person, however in recognition of the importance of her contribution, the organizers welcomed her request to provide a video for the conference.

PC Fiji 2019 Plasticity Conference Presentation by Louise Hardman, Plastic Collective Founder. We need to change the economics of plastic.
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Shruder Program delivered to Mantanani Island, Malaysia

27th March, 2019

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We finally made it to Mantanani Island, 30km northwest of Sabah in Borneo. We are here to deliver our Shruder program for Reef Check Malaysia, sponsored by Coca-Cola. 

The Mantanani Archipelago consists of 3 islands, the largest called Mantanani Besar (‘Big Mantanani’). The population consists of approximately 1000 Banjan Ubian locals living in 2 villages. The main economic activities here are fishing, drying salted fish and collecting shellfish.

Tourism is rapidly growing due to the popularity of the island as a snorkeling and diving destination. Currently the surrounding reefs are not gazetted as a Marine Park and the coral reefs are heavily impacted by fishing and fish bombing! Yes, that’s right, dynamite is used to blow up reefs to catch fish, an incredibly destructive practice that damages large areas of the reef around the island.

Thanks to the efforts of groups like Reef Check these practices are being phased out and the status of the coral reefs documented. Reef Check is a global network of marine scientists that survey and document coral reef health conditions, using indicator species and standardized global reporting. They work with government, private, NGO’s and community sectors for the benefit of protecting and enhancing global reefs for the future.
Their 2017 Malaysia Coral Reef report found that on Mantanani Island 42% of coral reefs are in good health, whilst the remaining 58% are considered only fair or poor. 

Reef Check have been instrumental in setting up a small recycling facility on the island. Glass crushing, plastic bottle balers and now a plastic shredding and remoulding Shruder machine will help to ensure the reefs protection from plastic leakage and contribute to the long term health and recovery of the reefs.

We are very excited to meet the crew here and are looking forward to supporting a waste-free Mantanani Island and Resource Recovery program.

Collection and sorting

Collection and sorting

Learning how to operate the Shruder

Learning how to operate the Shruder

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The Shruder Workshop is Coming to Les Village, Bali

29th January, 2019


The Tempat Pembuangan Sampah Terpadu (TPST) or Waste Management Facility of Les Village is undergoing transformation into a village-scale plastic recycling and upcycling educational center. First comes the construction of a machine room that will house the Shruder, a plastic shredding and extruding machine. Up next are construction of the bale, a wooden platform for workshops and presentations, installation of water tower and piping, and renovation of TPST office.

This project is a collaboration between: Plastic Collective led by Louise Hardman who invented the Shruder and will lead in technical training and plastic/waste mgt education of village stakeholders. Earthwatch Australia who will lead in monitoring and research work in coordination with Prof. Steve Smith of National Marine Science Center. TK Maxx who provided the funding for the acquisition of the machines, training and product development, and monitoring and research work.

The Australian Embassy - Jakarta, Indonesia through the Direct Aid Program-Bali who provided the funding for the renovation of the TPST. Desa Les through BUMDES Segara Lestari who will own and operate the workshop. Sea Communities who partnered with BUMDES in bringing the program to Les and leads in community organizing and awareness raising and in creating and marketing education programs centered on the workshop.

Launching of the Shruder Workshop is set on February 21, 2019.

Dianne HardmanComment
Double Island Point Cleanup & demonstration

11th-13th May, 2018.  Hosted by Surfrider Sunshine Coast

Twice a year, Surfrider Sunshine coast host a beach cleanup on the remote Double Island Beach, north of Noosa.  This year they invited Plastic Collective to demonstrate the Shruder off-grid under a tent and on the sand. Louise demonstrates how the Shruder works and how people can create a closed loop economy by working with Collectors- Transformers-Creators.  200 people collected over 1.5 Tonnes of discarded plastic in 1 day! Awesome effort everyone!! Thanks Surfriders, Ocean Crusaders, Cleanwater Group and Piping Hot for your support.

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Pilot Training with Ecobarge Clean Seas

28th February, 2018. Whitsunday Islands. Qld


Our first Shruder training days - Empower and Innovate - was held at Ecobarge Clean Seas newly renovated ‘Ocean Trash Recycling Shack’, Airlie Beach Whitsundays.

This inspiring and dedicated team, guided by Libby Edge and Fiona Broadbent, and their wonderful volunteers - remove trash from the stunning Whitsunday Islands in a barge.

To date Ecobarge crew have collected over 175 Tonnes in a few years.   They also operate a turtle rescue center, where over 80 marine turtles have been rescued so far. 

On top of all this great work, they are also building an environmental education center for schools and groups to learn about plastic pollution and how to keep our wildlife and oceans safe. 

The addition of the Shruder program will be incorporated as full circular economy model, where they can recycle their ocean waste as well as their own household materials.

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NSW Governor meets Plastic Collective Crew

22nd Februrary, 2018.  Coffs Harbour, NSW

Photo: (L-R) Mark Wolf (CTO), Louise Hardman (CEO), Mrs Hurley & Hon. David Hurley.

Photo: (L-R) Mark Wolf (CTO), Louise Hardman (CEO), Mrs Hurley & Hon. David Hurley.

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.

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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.

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'Shruder' program attracts royal interest

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

Photo: Louise Hardman meets Prince Charles at the ISU meeting. (Photo: ISU)

Photo: Louise Hardman meets Prince Charles at the ISU meeting. (Photo: ISU)

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.

Louise HardmanComment
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.

Dianne Hardman
Partnering with NevHouse

Plastic Collective is excited to announce that we are 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.  



Lindsay Russell
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.

Read the full news article here

Dianne Hardman