Circular Plastics – Returning Waste to Use in Africa


Circular Plastics is a collaboration between three universities and one NGO in the UK with project partners in Kenya, Rwanda, and Nigeria. Together they developed a technology-led strategy to reduce waste by transforming used plastic water bottles into products that support entrepreneurship in low-to-middle-income countries. The team devised an extruding process that converts polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from plastic bottles into 3D printer filament. To date, six innovative products have been launched that support self-sufficiency and economic development in the agriculture, mineral extraction, fishing, and mobility sectors in LMIC areas.

Designed by: Mark Evans, Timothy Whitehead, Oliver Evans, and Guy Armstrong of Loughborough University UK and Aston University UK

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