When I put my plastic bottle in the recycling bin, I honestly have no idea where it goes from there. What does it become? Is it even recycled!? (Definitely a post for another time) Innovator Dave Hakkens has officially taken the mystery of far off recycling and brought it home. He has developed an actual DIY recycling machine. Not only can you build it at home but the blueprints and videos on how to make it are free! What can you make with your recycled bits you ask? While he does provide instruction for specific molds, the possibilities are endless. Some examples are bowls, lamp shades, clipboards(my personal favorite…perhaps because my mother was a teacher), hats, tools, and the list goes on from there.

While this product is great for those of use wanting to be more DIY, I can’t help but think this handy machine will ultimately help those who do not have easy access to recycling programs. Hakkens videos show him around the globe helping areas plagued with trash pollution. What a great way for people to make a business using recycled items. All you need is a little elbow grease and a great idea.  But don’t take my word for it…check it out at Preciousplastics.com

Hakkens also has a self titled blog if you would like to learn more about him and his other projects  davehakkens.nl

**picture used from precious plastic website.