Inspiring Stories - Innovation for a Circular Economy

Creating outdoor furniture from soft plastics

As Australia’s leading manufacturer of products made from recycled soft plastics, innovation is core to Replas' business. Aspendale North Kinder was one of 40 lucky schools in Victoria to win a seat in the Coles ‘Every bag counts’ competition.

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Creating eyeglasses from milk bottle lids

 

Eyewear retailer Dresden Optics, are putting a stylish twist on recycled plastics. Their philosophy is to carefully consider every material that passes through their hands and ask what the environmental consequences are of the materials and the manufacturing processes they choose.

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Sporting fields made from tyres

 

Tyre Stewardship Australia is a government supported product stewardship initiative that aims to effectively reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million tyres  that reach their end of life each year.

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Landscaping a garden bed from printer cartridges

Close the Loop is Australia’s biggest resource recovery and recycling company for printing consumables and the resource recovery partner for 'Cartridges for Planet Ark'. It is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to- landfill and in 2016 was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame which celebrates excellence in manufacturing.

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Making 3D printer parts from e-waste

The Sustainable Materials Research & Technology division at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT UNSW), led by Planet Ark ambassador Professor Veena Sahajwalla, focuses on research and development of green materials, made from rubbish.

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Building roads from cigarette butts

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in Australia. Through a collaboration between the City of Melbourne, Enviropoles and TerraCycle, waste cigarette butts are collected and converted into plastic products like shipping pallets and plastic furniture.

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"Charging" up local battery recycling

In just the first five months of operation in 2017, Envirostream recovered 140 tonnes of material from batteries. The steel, copper and aluminium are sold into national markets to be used back in the manufacture of new products and the multi-metal compound is returned to the battery industry to be processed into new batteries, showcasing a circular economic model.

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