Thousands of Aussies every month search for information about recycling bottle caps. For the record, they are recyclable, and there’s one organisation who’s taking them places you’d never have imagined.
Supported by the global
“We started focusing on teaching people on the recycling process, because we think that is the future, and we can show and lead the way as an organisation. We started investigating and finding out about plastics, particularly plastic bottle tops,” said Sean.
From here the team took a leap in imagination, making the link between their own recycling initiatives and the need for prosthetic plastic limbs in developing countries. Now they’re working towards turning one million bottle tops into 100 prosthetic hands and arms.
It’s been more than a year since
The commitment started with
The Shruder allows Envision to create prosthetics at a much quicker pace but it also creates a better calibre of plastic that is finely shredded and extruded before being put through the 3D printing process.
The prosthetic limbs are then sent to countries like India, Cambodia and Sierra Leone. Recipients will be able to use the prosthetic hands for simple tasks like holding a water bottle or balancing on a bike. In many cases, the devices will be used as an interim solution before recipients receive a medical-grade prosthetic.
A shared mission
The Envision team initially contacted the
Sean says the Shruder has made a huge difference in the quality of his team’s work and has allowed the organisation to stay true to its mission statement.
“It's great to see that
“Not only do we get to help disadvantaged job seekers get into the workforce, but we get to help kids and other disadvantaged people around the world while helping save the environment. It’s amazing,” he said.
Christine Black, Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at
“Coca-Cola has been focusing some of our philanthropic work in Australia on protecting the environment. Working with partners we think we can make a real difference in recycling and upcycling programs to ensure plastic waste doesn’t end up in oceans or landfill.
“The Envision Hands project immediately sparked our interest. It’s not only a fantastic example of how small, grassroots organisations can make a big difference to the issue of plastic pollution, we were drawn to the impact it has on the lives of long-term unemployed people and children-in-need around the world,” Christine said.
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