€ 103,115.00

get funded for your recycling innovation

Welcome to the PPOSF
(Precious Plastic Open Source Fund)

This fund aims to provide the financial resources, aka money, to generate open source small-scale plastic recycling innovations.

How is the money distributed?

  • 50%
    How-to > existing solutions waiting to be open sourced
  • 30%
    Research > for the wild ideas that need some trust
  • 10%
    Retroactive > for those who shared without anything in return
  • 10%
    Admin > to cover the management costs of the fund
The PPOSF funds existing recycling solutions through How-to guides, research projects and retroactively reward people that contributed to open-source without financial incentives.
Watch the video to learn more:
50%
How-to
Dedicated to existing small scale plastic recycling solutions to be documented and shared open source.
10%
Admin
Here, the boring part :) 
Dedicated to pay for all the costs associated with running the fund.
10%
Retroactive
Dedicated to retroactively reward people that shared their precious know-how throughout the years.
30%
Research
Dedicated to projects that are researching and developing a specific area of small scale plastic recycling.

How is the money distributed?

50%
How-to
For existing solutions waiting to be open
sourced.
30%
Research
For the wild ideas that need some trust.
10%
Retroactive
For those who shared without anything in return.
10%
Admin
To cover the management costs of the fund.
Check the applications progress
Incoming applications
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Name
Title
€€€
Date
Fair Enough
600
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
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Fair Enough
600
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Fair Enough
800
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
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andymidtf
0
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
andymidtf
0
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
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HacemosVerde
33.164
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
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Mad Plastic
2500
29.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
From Waste To Wind
6540
28.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
From Waste To Wind
8640
27.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
San3a Tech - Fab Lab Egypt
1500
24.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
ReciclaTec
1000
23.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Capi Spain
600
21.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
LUP. estudio de diseño
15000
15.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Nomads
80
1.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Mad Plastic
1200
20.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic East
3795
18.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Buy Food with Plastic
18238
8.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Johannplasto
1596
7.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
reShape Plasticworks
654
29.10.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
3Dsoba
3483
25.10.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
RIVER CREATIVE LLC
47000
23.10.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Melbourne
8703
21.10.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Torino
1000
21.10.23
Name:
Title:
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Awarded projects
0
Name
Title
€€€
Date
First projects will be awarded in January 2024. Stay tuned and apply!
Published projects
0
Name
Title
€€€
Date
We expect the first projects to be published Q2-Q3 2024. Stay tuned!
Incoming applications
0
Name
Title
€€€
Date
From Waste To Wind
8415
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
wedoo
56517
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
JoostDommisse
3600
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
andymidtf
0
31.12.23
Name:
Title:
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DevLab.NRW
1850
30.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
jaam fc/ le bendo
5500
30.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
FabLab Sarajevo
8620
30.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
010 DESIGN - Blastic Design - Precious Plastic Genova
2100
29.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Sustainable Design Studio
3872
29.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Sustainable Design Studio
3742
29.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Sustainable Design Studio
3119
29.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Wombat
5800
28.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
From Waste To Wind
8415
28.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Unmake Plastic
1939
27.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Microforge
16566
26.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Capi Spain
3650
23.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Capi Spain
1860
20.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
VIVA Lab
13750
20.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
jerzeek
7805
11.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Green Ellipsis
5600
6.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Maritimo Recycling
4000
5.12.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Melbourne
2117
29.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
SoftLifeLTD
2000
28.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
SustainableKidsLab
3550
25.11.23
Name:
Title:
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Mad Plastic
4500
20.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Glia
4000
17.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Precious Plastic Torino
5000
14.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Johannplasto
3996
7.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Easymoulds
7000
7.11.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Universidad de Cartagena
6490
29.10.23
Name:
Title:
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ECODECAT3D
150
28.10.23
Name:
Title:
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Precious Plastic France
15040
26.10.23
Name:
Title:
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Student Research Center Osnabrück
4200
24.10.23
Name:
Title:
€€€:
Junior Innovations
7487
24.10.23
Name:
Title:
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Awarded projects
0
Name
Title
€€€
Date
First projects will be awarded in January 2024. Stay tuned and apply!
Published projects
0
Name
Title
€€€
Date
We expect the first projects to be published Q1-Q2 2024. Stay tuned!
Applications
0
Name
Title
How-to
Date
Johannplasto
Make a light switch
1
6.12.23
Name:
Title:
HT:
JoostDommisse
Joost Arbor Press
1
7.11.23
Name:
Title:
HT:
mortier
Coaster from coffee waste
1
6.11.23
Name:
Title:
HT:
Awarded
0
Name
Title
€€€
Date
Retroactive Awards will be distributed in January 2024. Stay tuned and apply!
Total applications so far:
0

Got a great recycling machine, mould or technique you want to share with the world?

We’re looking to fund existing solutions, moon shot ideas or simple hacks. If you’re working on small scale plastic recycling and think you have a solution, process or idea that needs support to be open sourced apply below.
F.A.Q. at the bottom
of this page!
ROUND 1
31.12.2023

Have you made a How-To in the past?

Apply for the retroactive rewards and get some €€€!
10% of the fund or €10,303 is dedicated to retroactively reward people that shared their precious know-how throughout the years. These are true open source heroes and we want to give back.
Some open source examples from the community

Or fund specific innovations

Large sheetpress to produce 2,4 x 1,2 recycled sheets
€200k
Inquire to fund
Large 3D printer to extrude plastic waste
€150k
Inquire to fund
Plastic scanner to individuate different plastic types
€180k
Inquire to fund
Baler to compress plastic for easy transport
€60k
Inquire to fund

♥️♥️♥️ Latest donors ♥️♥️♥️

Matt
€ 50
Alexandre
€ 10
Pat
€ 20
Beth
€ 15
anonymous
€ 103,000
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f.a.q.
What is the Precious Plastic Open Source Fund?

Precious Plastic Open Source Fund (PPOSF) is a fund (€103.300 so far!) that will generate new open-source designs to be shared for free with the world to tackle the big plastic waste problem together. The fund aims to:

- Create an environment that attracts and incentivizes designers and engineers globally to contribute their recycling designs free and open-source
- Provide financial resources for Precious Plastic members to generate, refine and share open-source designs and solutions
- Foster a culture where community members share their work on a global scale, with due recognition and the opportunity to have their development costs covered by the fund
- Reward organisations that shared recycling knowledge free and open source in the past

What do you mean by "How-to", "Research", "Retroactive Award" and "Admin costs"?

How-to is for existing solutions.

Research is for not-yet-existing solutions.

Retroactive Award is for members that shared their knowledge in the past via the Precious Plastic Community Platform

Admin costs are the costs for Precious Plastic to coordinate the PPOSF

What is the application process for the Precious Plastic Open Source Fund?

1. Apply

Individuals, organisations or companies from all around the world can submit their application via this form.

The fund always welcomes new applications!

We will ask you for:

- Information about you

- Information about your proposal including a sketch, an estimated budget, an estimated timeline

You must have a Community Platform account to apply to the fund (sign-up here if you don’t have one yet).

Make sure your application is complete in order for Precious Plastic to process it.

2. Selection

The selected projects (see selection criterias below) will be invited for a meeting to discuss and agree upon the project, budget and timeline and feasibility of the project within a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) which will be signed by the 2 parties.

What are the requirements for the selected projects?

Sharing knowledge under Creative Commons license

All of the projects supported by the PPOSF will be published in Open Source under the Creative Commons Attribution - Sharealike International 4.0. You can read a summary of that here, or check out the full license.

Documentation

Selected projects have to produce high quality documentation (pictures, drawings, explanations, videos…). You can learn here about the guidelines for machines and moulds.

To make sure the content is understood by a wide majority, your documentation must be in english.

Every quarter, we will ask you for an update via loom (video of yourself). This content will be used to update our donors and your webpage 🙂.

How-to's

You commit to publish your project as a How-to within the agreed timeline.

Research

You commit to publish your research as a Research topic within the agreed timeline.

You also commit to posting at least 2 posts per month with documented updates on your progress.

Remember, others can engage (comment...) on your topic so make sure things are clear.

How will the applications be evaluated?

Precious Plastic’s team will review the applications and select them based on:

- Innovation 

- Creativity 

- New to OS 

- Positive impact

- “Ease” to replicate

- Respect of the application guidelines 

When will the selected projects be announced?

It will be made officially at the end of each quarter (end of January, April, July, December) -- see the detailed timeline here.

50% of the project budget will be sent upon selection, the final 50% upon completion of the project.

Who can apply for the retroactive awards?

Retroactive awards will be given to any members who have published a How-to published before 21/10/2023.

For how many retroactive awards can I apply to?

You can apply to as many awards as you have published How-tos before 21/10/2023.

Submit only one application for all How-tos created via this form.

Can I still donate to the Precious Plastic Open Source Fund?

Yes of course, donations are open for all via this website.

You can request the Precious Plastic team a year-end tax receipt.

How can I support Precious Plastic in other ways?

You can:

1) Donate on our website

  • Single donation
  • Monthly by supporting on Patreon
  • Sponsor BIG Development 

2) Donate to the PPOSF

3) Github

The Community Platform (the backbone of Precious Plastic) is developed open source on Github (https://github.com/ONEARMY/community-platform) and counts on many contributors to thrive.

Few things you could do:

- If you find a bug or problem or have a great idea to improve it, you can create an issue

- If you know how to code you can pick an issue and work on it

- If you have some time available you can join the team

4) Bazar

Every year the Bazar sends hundreds of thousands of €€€ to recyclers around the world.

Selling on the Bazar is a great way to help Precious Plastic as it creates a more distributed economy with more sellers around the world offering product, machines and parts to our clients around the world.

5) Marketing

Sharing Precious Plastic with your peers is a great way to contribute.

In its 10 years of operations Precious Plastic has not spent 1 single € in advertising, as we believe in organic growth from people to people. Help us keep it that way!

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