What can you make with: 30 DVD cases, 800 forks or 1/3 of a garden chair?
Answer: 1 skateboard
British designer Jason Knight has developed a way to make skateboard decks out of 100% recycled plastic.
He is releasing the information open source.
Meaning anyone, anywhere can download the information and make a board.
“The project is to turn it into a workshop where we visit less wealthy communities and give people who would not normally have the opportunity to have a skateboard to be able to make one from plastic waste.”
The process uses an extruder.
Liquefied plastic is squeezed out into the mould.
Jason has experimented with different plastic mixtures.
“People liked the flexibility; it’s because it's different to a normal board. It is more springy than a normal board and more flexible than a normal board. So the springiness allows you to kind of jump a bit higher and the flexibility allows you to really get more speed when doing stuff and bowls and ramps.”
Jason hopes his idea will encourage young people to collect waste plastic to create a board, instead of buying new.
Would you collect plastic to make one?