Mixed Needs Plastics (MNP), co-founding member, art education director and maker. MNP is an Artist Collective (Gabi Villasenor, Eric Cheong, Michael Bunsen and Midori Hirose) based in Portland, Oregon.
Finding itself at the intersection of environmental and social possibilities, Mixed Needs Plastics is reimagining disposable waste-destined plastics as a raw, valuable resource. Mixed Needs Plastics’ mission is to create local plastics recycling projects through small scale manufacturing and educational community programming.
There is currently little to no market for post-consumer plastic. In 2017 China ceased taking co-mingled recycling from the US and most types of plastic are now destined for landfills. Many communities are looking for a solution for their plastic waste and meanwhile many industries are looking to source their materials in a more responsible way. Transportation, processing costs and low-market value are some of the challenges that make recycling difficult on a large scale. Our model is not to process a large volume of random material, rather to consider waste streams individually and design ways to process them locally.
These efforts are to reintroduce recycled plastics as a valuable material to our community; recognition of current behavior and a significant understanding; and change in practical applications will show at a community-level.
Made my first set of cabinetry knobs (still in beta-mode)