Shredded Plastic Cleaning and Filtration

Design Problem

Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic that pollute our environment, they are normally 0.1 millimetres in width which makes them very hard to remove, as they can often not be seen by the human eye. Small scale recyclers of plastic products in Kenya try to benefit the environment by creating a circular economy. They try to be sustainable but at the same time, they are emitting a lot of these microplastics due to them having an ineffective washing process. This is where they wash shredded plastic to remove impurities such as dust and oil.

This brings up a design opportunity to create a solution to sustainably and economically wash shredded plastic in preparation for the recycling process. Preventing microplastics from entering the environment and saving water would be the two main goals of my product. 

Design Process

Summarize your design process. What did you learn. What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them. Looking towards the future – how could this project develop. Include photos and charts as appropriate. 

Process Journal

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