Set up an Injection Workspace
In this How-to we’re going to guide you through all the steps to setup an Injection Workspace. Learn about plastic, how to find a space, get the Injection and Shredder machine, find customers and connect to the Precious Plastic Universe.
Step 1-3: Intro
Step 4-9: Learn
Step 10-19: Set up
Step 20-25: Run
Step 26-29: Share —
Step 1 - Role
Now about your Role:
Injection Workspaces shred plastic waste and transform it into valuable products. The volumes of plastic are smaller, so they can either set up a small plastic collection in-house or get in contact with the local Collection point. The products are sold directly to customers or organizations. Workshops are also a valuable asset for Injection Workspaces.
Injection workspaces should also reach out to Community Point to connect with the local Precious Plastic community and maybe get help selling their products or find plastic waste.
Step 2 - Outcomes
Step 3 - Is this for you?
You will also need some degree of design understanding and creativity to be able to come up with good products and design a mould. A plus would also be some knowledge on 3D software.
And paying attention to details will result in stunning and high quality products.
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 Injection places around you, have a chat with them how to collaborate or maybe consider starting another type of workspace.
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.
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 - Learn the basics of plastic
Head over to our Academy and dive deep in the Plastic chapter.
Step 9 - Fill in the Action Plan
To help you plan we’ve made a graphic tool called the Action Plan that helps you to craft your mission, understand your customers, revenue streams, costs and much more. With this tool, you should get a step closer to create a successful project.
You can find the Action Plan in the Download Kit or learn more in the Academy
Step 10 - Workspace Calculator
It is important at this stage to make a serious estimation of how much it will cost you to set up and run your workspace. Otherwise, you might run out of money halfway. The Workspace Calculator is a spreadsheet that helps you to do that.
You can find the Workspace Calculator in the Download Kit or learn more in the Academy:
Step 11 - Business Plan Template
For more explanation check out the video in the Academy:
Step 12 - Tool list
Step 13 - Assemble your team
Step 14 - Find a space
Step 15 - Get your 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 them for you.
Step 16 - Build your workspace
Follow our tutorials on how to fully setup your Injection Workspace with all the additional tools, furniture and posters needed to make your space ready.
Step 17 - Safety
Of course, Injection machines get hot. And can cause a hazard in different ways.
So before starting to melt, please check out our safety video to learn about dangers and how to stay safe when working with plastic.
Step 18 - Get your precious plastic
You can make contact with a Collection Point 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.
If you want to dive more into ways to collect plastic,
Step 19 - Shred your plastic
Step 20 - Get some moulds
Step 21 - Make some products!
Step 22 - Make a variety
Step 23 - Maintenance
Step 24 - Sell
First, you should put them on the Precious Plastic Bazar to access an audience that is already interested in recycled products. Then, you have to get creative on how to sell your products locally. Shops, design studios, online stores and more.
Possibilities are endless and, nowadays, everyone wants a piece of recycled plastic!
Step 25 - Run workshops
Step 26 - Create your profile
Step 27 - Create How-tos!
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 28 - Stay active on Discord
Step 29 - Good things take time
You’re changing the world. Thank you!
Step 30 - Download and start!
You're a hero!
In this download package you will find all the files you need to set up your Injection Workspace.
Download and start your recycling journey!
👉 https://cutt.ly/starterkit-injection 👈
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