Set up a Mix Workspace
In this How-to we’re going to guide you through all the steps to setup a Mix Workspace. Learn about plastic, how to find a space, get the machines and connect to the Precious Plastic Universe.
Step 1-3: Intro
Step 4-9: Learn
Step 10-16: Set up
Step 17-22: Run
Step 23-25: Share —
Step 1 - Role in the Precious Plastic Universe
Mix Workspaces are a great place to start making the first steps into local plastic recycling.
As they have all several machines and take care of several steps of the recycling process, they are quite independent from other workspaces, but ofcourse can still collaborate with Collection Points or Shredder Workspaces to source their material.
As everyone in the network, they should be in touch with the Community Points to connect with the local Precious Plastic community.
Step 2 - Outcomes
Step 3 - Is this for you?
A technical background or interest could be a plus but is not mandatory as you could also get the machines built for you. As a plus, some product design knowledge could help you when you start making products.
Working on a Mix Workspace you could be dealing with people on a daily basis for supplies, workshops, visits and more. It’s good to be a little sociable and enjoy explaining the project to others.
Step 4 - Learn about Precious Plastic
If you haven’t already, dig our website, community platform and Bazar to have a deep understanding of the project.
Also, make sure to check the Universe chapter to fully understand how the Precious Plastic Universe works.
Step 5 - Check out your area
Have a look on the Precious Plastic Map to see the activity around you. You can also search for more people on the Precious Plastic Bazar or search for #preciousplastic on social media.
Make sure not to jam the local network, if there are already five Mix Workspaces around you, have a chat about a collaboration with them first, or maybe consider starting another type of space.
Step 6 - Find a Community Point near you
They can help you in multiple ways but they generally have a very in-depth overview of local Precious Plastic spaces, people, useful shops, resources and can help you with planning out your project. You can find them on the map here.
Step 7 - Get on Discord
Introduce yourself, say hi in your country channel and start to discover the different channels where people go deep into specific topics (building, collection, design etc..)
Join the Discord:
Step 8 - The basics of plastic
There is also more about the machines, products and techniques, and more. Make sure to absorb as much knowledge from there as possible.
Step 9 - Assemble a team
Put together a passionate team of people able to collaborate and work together to learn different ways to tackle the plastic problem.
Step 10 - Find a space
Step 11 - Get your machines
There are three ways you can get the machines:
1 Build them yourself following our tutorials.
2 Buy them on the Bazar.
3 Find a Machine Shop near you on the map that can build it for you.
👉 community.preciousplastic.com/mapBuilt them yourself following our tutorials
Step 12 - Build your workspace
Follow our tutorials on how to fully setup your Mix Workspace with all the additional tools, furniture and posters needed to make your space ready.
Step 13 - Safety
Of course, the machines get hot. And can cause a hazard in different ways, find out tips on how to stay safe here. It is also crucial to check out our safety videos on how to melt plastic safely here.
Step 14 - Get some plastic waste
You can make contact with a Collection Point near you or find clever ways to get people to bring you plastic. The volumes you will need are not huge so a small collection setup in your workspace can work as well.
Step 15 - Shred your plastic
Make sure to shred plastic by type and, as a plus, by colour, so you can creat beautiful patterns later on.
Step 16 - Get moulds
You can have a look at our Create section in the Academy.
And check out our How-to's to get inspired and learn about different moulds.
Step 17 - Make some products!
Browse the How-to and Create chapter in the Academy to learn how to make different products and adopt the best practices.
Step 18 - Experiment and have fun
If you discover something cool, share it back to the community, so everyone can learn together :)
Step 19 - Run workshops
You can run workshops at your workspace, events, conferences and conventions showing how Precious Plastic recycling works.
Step 20 - Maintenance
You can ask the local Machine Shop for help.
Step 21 - Create your profile
Follow the link below and sign up with your email, pick your role, put your pin on the map and upload nice pics to show the world what you’re doing.
Step 22 - Create How-to's!
Make sure to only create How-tos for your best processes and techniques, not try outs or one offs. This can also help you create a name for yourself in the Precious Plastic community.
Step 23 - Learn and improve together
Step 24 - Good things take time
You’re changing the world.
Step 25 - Download and start!
You're a hero!
In this download package you will find all the files you need to set up your Mix Workspace.
Download and start your recycling journey!
👉 https://cutt.ly/starterkit-mix 👈
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