Preventing plastic from lingering the wild is paramount. But what about the plastic that is already out there? Sending it to a facility that may use it to create more plastic products that are only used once seems redundant.
The essence of Wild Plastic is to convert a single-use item into a permanent infinite-use item. In addition, we'd like to relieve as much pressure from the landfills as possible, so we create an end-of-life point for plastic to avoid any risk of future pollution by upcycling. Here's how we do it:
The recovered plastic waste is inspected, cleaned, de-labeled, and sorted by type.
The shredded pieces are loaded into the extrusion machine's hopper to be extruded. The plastic passes through 4 heaters with an extrusion screw in a barrel, powered by the same motor as the shredder, at high heat. HDPE, for example heats up to 450ºF.
Coming out of the nozzle is plastic filament to be made into countless valuable items.
We use various molds to get the desired shape for each product.
Cooling within minutes, the plastic is durable and solid. Once the Wild Plastic logo (also made from extruded recycled plastic) is applied by a heat gun, the item is now ready to be added to our store.
We have now completed the cycle of turning a plastic item that did or could have harmed hundreds of marine life into a household item that doesn't ever need to be discarded.
Check out the Upcycle section of our Marketplace and see what we can create!