Plastic Vision Art Collective (PVAC formerly MNP) and Trash Hackers Collective (THC) founding member, art educator and maker. I created the branding, rfp concepts, copy, ongoing B2B+Educational outreach, material sourcing/making and thermoforming objects for both collectives. PVAC and THC are based in Portland, Oregon.
*copy with Dana Dart-McLean and Lisa Radon’s help and Carson Terry machine support xoxo
Cleaned, recycled and shredded plastic
Created Line of Karman mobile installation and beach clean-up concept. Collaborated with Jesse Mejia for a mobile installation and designed/sewed up 25 jean bags as freebees for the educational beach clean for Spaceness 2019.
Did you know that BioCups aren’t necessarily biodegradable? Test batch for CrackedPot.
1.0 Finding itself at the intersection of environmental and social possibilities, Plastic Vision is reimagining disposable waste-destined plastics as a raw, valuable resource. PVAC’s mission is to create local plastics recycling projects through small scale educational community programming.
2.0 Trash Hackers Collective is a women run collective comprised of artists, technologists, engineers, designers, educators and learners concerned about the environmental and social impact of plastic pollution. We are transforming discarded plastic into new, everyday objects while conducting plastic safety research. We are currently administering industrial hygiene and safety modifications while creating recycled products hands-on through shredding, extrusion, oven conduction, 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting; and mold tests — and look forward to connect with communities through grassroots education, community empowerment and user-friendly tools.
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.