Run a workshop on an event
A crucial part of working towards reducing plastic pollution is to show people the process offline! The following introduction gives you a quick overview about all the stuff we at Kunststoffschmiede pay attention before starting a workshop in public. —
Step 1 - Prepare your machines
All the machines you use in public have to be safe against gross negligence. For a better performance, make sure that everything is clean, working properly and maybe you have some spare parts with you.
Step 2 - Prepare your moulds
- Quick release-System to open and close your mould fast
- Small injection volume
- The product is easy to demould
Step 3 - Prepare your equipment
As everyone has their own way of doing it, you get a list from Kunststoffschmiede (Germany) for your inspiration:
- Injection machine and the bicycle shredder
- Tools for maintenance
- Electric box (including: Power cable, distributer and some lights)
- Shredded plastic
- Clean and unshredded plastic
- Samples from us and the community to show the possibilities
- Informations like flyers and posters
- First Aid Kit
- strap, tape and ropes
- Tub and cleaning stuff to wash the plastic
Step 4 - Prepare your materials
Step 5 - Prepare samples
You can use your own products, or get some more from the Precious Plastic Bazar to show what other workspaces around the world are doing. Present the products in a beautiful setting.
Step 6 - Prepare your message
- Why are you giving this workshop?
- What kind of knowledge and experience do you want to teach people?
- What are your good at?
Step 7 - Prepare your team
Here at Kunststoffschmiede we recommend 3-4 supervisors when you’re working with two machines. There are always people who have a lot of questions.
What does your team need:
- perfect operation of the machines and moulds
- Your mindset is on one level. So your workshops have a consistent quality.
- They know the answers to the most asked questions. 👉 Next step!
Step 8 - Typical questions asked at a workshop in public:
- What’s your story/backround?
- What’s your goal?
- What’s precious plastic?
- Can you be booked
- What type of plastic are you able to recycle?
- Are the fumes toxic?
- What is plastic? (ingredients)
- How can I change my lifestyle into an ecofriendly lifestyle?
Step 9 - Wanna get money?
Here are some cost items listed:
- Use of the machine, moulds and other tools
- Fee for your team
- Placing cost
- Overhead for your organisation
Step 10 - Promote your workshop
There are several places where you can announce it, here some ideas:
- post a story/post on social media with #preciousplastic
- post it in your country’s channel on the Precious Plastic Discord
- create an event on the community platform
Step 11 - Site-specific questions
To be sure that everything runs great with your mobile workshop, you should clarify the following questions with the organizer:
- Power source: Is it strong enough, and how far is the plug?
- You need fresh water? Ask for the next water tap.
- Weather conditions: Is it protected from rain, ventilated with fresh air?
- How much space is available?
- What kind of people are expected?
- When are construction and dismantling times?
- Who is liable if something goes wrong?
Step 12 - Construction on site
Build up your mobile workshop with enough time and take a break before everything starts.
Step 13 - Timing
Step 14 - Participation
Step 15 - Post processing
How many people have you reached and how many products did you produce? Could you make interesting contacts or was the press there and wrote a report about you?
It’s good to track your impact and learn from your experiences.
And of course collect all your pictures! :)
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