Precious Plastics

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Precious Plastics is a platform which aims to empower the community to take action on the plastic pollution problem. It brings people together to share and create knowledge, in order to create an alternative global recycling systemThis is achieved by:


  • Improving the economy and quality of plastics recycling
  • Designing for recyclability
  • Boosting product demand and use of recycled plastic


International (examples: Portugal, Greece, France, Spain, Austria, Croatia, Estonia and Netherlands)

Difficulty level:



Plastic is used in everyday objects and it is the most common material in disposable utensils. Almost 26 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated in Europe every year. If not properly managed, this waste will pollute the soil and water as it degrades, creating microplastics. The oceans and their biodiversity suffer from this pollution as well, as 80% of marine litter is plastic. Therefore it is urgent to develop solutions regarding alternative, more sustainable materials and circular solutions to avoid plastic waste.

How youngsters can get involved

  • assisting skilled people develop machines to recycle plastic
  • recycling and upcycling plastic to create new products, such as furniture, accessories and construction materials
  • learning about business models related to plastic, through the available educational content

Skills and Competences

  • design
  • awareness of the environmental impacts of plastic pollution
  • knowledge about sustainable solutions for plastic
  • technical knowledge about recycling
  • knowledge about new business models related to plastic