Why are we called Remix Plastic?
"A remix is a piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, poem, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new."
We felt Remix summarises what we do fairly well - we are not only taking plastic and making something new, but we are also trying to change the way people engage with sustainability: we want to use new techniques and conversations to get people to interact. Examples include 3D printing, laser cutting and recycling machinery.
Our project is based on the concept set up by Precious Plastic; small scale recycling to engage communities. While we have focused more on the education than the products (as there is only so much time in the day!), we use the foundation of small scale recycling to teach about the problems with single use plastic, commercial plastic recycling and offer ways to reduce plastic use.
While we use plastic recycling as the gateway, we use circular economy as the destination. All of the Precious Plastic project resources are open source (free to use) and contribute to an online community of people that can then share knowledge and experience to save everyone reinventing the wheel. Contributing to an open source resource and re-uploading it to share your additions is called a 'Remix'.
...and so Remix Plastic was born!