The Nudge Explores Circular Cities Tour 2015 is on a trip through Europe collecting great Circle Economy examples. Our 5 ambassadors report their findings. This is one of the companies they visited.
Written by Nudge Ambassador Thomas Hermans
Better Future Factory is a start up which focuses on re-using plastics. Their inspiration came from seeing the vast amounts of plastic cups being thrown away at the Dutch music festival Lowlands. This made for their first project, the Perpetual Plastic Project. With their portable plastic grinder and 3D printer, they enable festival party peeps to grind their own plastics, make filament (input for 3d printers) and to use this to print festival souvenirs. Other projects are recycled sunglasses, tiles (waterproof!), lamps, chess pieces and vases out of recycled plastics.
As their scope widened the Better Future Factory started working on a prototype to make strings out of PET bottles. Binding those strings together makes excellent strong and durable ropes. The pilot market for this product is Angola.
When we visited their office, we learned that the quality of plastic waste strongly impacts the products Perpetual Plasctic Project can make with the printer, but with a pragmatic approach there’s always a new product to be made with whatever type of plastic! Thinking in small challenges to overcome makes that Better Future Factory doesn’t get stuck in an ideal product or process, but makes that it innovates incrementally.
Better Future Factory combines their love for industrial design, Rotterdam style pragmatism and wish for a cleaner planet into their products. As circular as it gets! Please see our video on this inspiring start up!