Waste no more is a project that is carried out by the social enterprise Green Phenix.
The last couple of months have been challenging in many regards. During the COVID-19 lockdown we started a taskgroup with some very talented individuals and inspiring companies and we started to use the Green Phenix headquarters as an essambly facility for PPE, like faceshields and doorhandles that enable you to open the door with your wrist instead of the palm of your hand to reduce contamination risk. We transformed the workspace into a clean room and trained the participants with regards to the strict hygiene protocol.
After waiting for months we finally have a shredder specially designated for PET plastic and a second shredder is on the way for HDPE & PP plastic. With great thanks to Wilton Site Management, a UK based company. Due to the shredders the volume of the collected plastic is reduced to about 1/40, which enables us to store and process higher volumes of plastic. Which is good news, because the lockdown underlined that it is extremly important that our island diversifies and becomes less dependant upon other countries.
The investment we were able to make in the full filament solution with the help of Active Chance is of extreme added value. 3D printing filament has been in high demand and some of the traditional suppliers have been out of stock for quite a while. 3D printing has gained popularity during the global crisis and the ability to locally produce fillament is innovative and practical.
After a long wait for the customs department the machines have been released and shortly the testing will proceed.
We've been talking with the Ministry of Labour affairs to include a larger number of people in the project and we are actively looking for partnerships and closing service contracts to collect recyclables and take care of the whole recycling process for responsible companies.
The ministry of Ecomonic Development paid us a visit and had a video made, which they showed as an introduction during the national export week. Kas di Kultura made a video about Green Phenix which was shown on national televishon during Dia di Bandera, a national holiday and we have been on radio Kriollo in an interview with Greg Darwin. More and more people learn about Green Phenix and start to recycle.
Together we are making the change!