Turning plastic bottles into new products for Low-Middle

income countries

 

Project Background

Circular Plastic is funded under the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Challange Cluster and brings together a collection of previous GCRF projects which aim to tackle the ever-growing challenge of managing plastic waste in Low Middle-Income Countries through frontier technologies such as 3D printing and user-centred design.

 

Projects which make up this cluster 

Building 3D printing capacity in Kenya. Utilising a co-design approach to create products and components for the local 3D printing industry.

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Exploring how upcycled materials can be used to build modular-homes for economically deprived populations in developing countries.

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Inspiring innovation through materials-led industrial design to support supply chain employment in emerging economies. 

 

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Aims & Objectives

The project aims to establish solutions to plastic waste in Low Middle-Income Countries by utilising 3D printing to create new products and facilitate entrepreneurship and employment.

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Investigate 

current technology for plastic waste management in Low-Middle Income countries.

2

Create two 

hubs in Nigeria and Rwanda to explore opportunities for plastic recycling and 3D printing. 

Develop documentation to support future hub creation in Low-Middle Income countries.

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Create innovative, user-centred products which highlight the entrepreneurial
possibilities of the technology.

5

Develop

a network of stakeholders and partners, through regional knowledge sharing events.   

 
 

Project Partners

This project is supported by a wide range of academic, NGO and commercial partners in the UK and Africa. Please contact us for future partnership opportunities. 

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in the project. 

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