Trash for Trade is a Plastic Upcycling Social Enterprise.It is a social innovation idea developed from an open-source community, ‘Precious Plastic’ with the support of DreamSpace Academy. We have taken upon this initiative using the upcycling machinery our team has built.
A future free from plastic pollution
Trash for Trade community provides innovative, economic, efficient, reliable, eco-friendly upcycling technology to Sri Lanka along with spreading awareness about its environmental and economic benefits.
Polyethylene Terephthalate(PET or PETE)
Other Types Of Plastic
Reduce the plastic waste ending up in inland water bodies and ocean, thus preventing ocean pollution
Opportunity to eliminate plastic waste and reduce the demand for virgin plastic
A strong community of similar-minded, passionate individuals who support and uplift the cause by creating awareness among locals for a better livelihood
An integrated, individual workspaces for plastic waste collection, machinery-building, and upcycling processes
Machineries hand-built by the team along with local partners using easily-available raw materials
A social enterprise-oriented business model for the prolonged sustainability of the project
Shredded Plastic is the reusable raw material derived from the collected plastic waste, used for manufacturing plastic containers, PET bottles, and PVC products
Plastic pellets are tiny, disc-shaped granules of plastic that provide the required uniformity of components required for the plastic recycling process.
Building machineries for upcycling processes as Shredding, Injection, Extrusion, Sheet press, and Compression to create upcycled products
Upcycled plastic has the capability and potential to replace the conventional and wasteful construction materials such as hollow blocks, roofing sheets, etc
The opportunity to manufacture chairs, stools, shelves and several more with the elegance and classic style to suit everyone’s interior designing preferences
Trade for Trash has always been an enthusiastic bunch of dreamers who have taken upon themselves to make a change in Sri Lanka. As one of the teams who were under the wing of our incubation, SquareHub had the the privilege of witnessing this team's potential and their growth in such a small time. We wish our very best for the team in their future endeavors!
Trash for Trade is one of the commited teams who got selected to the Incubation Support Phase of HackaDev National Youth Social Innovation Challenge 2019. Out of the 12 teams being incubated from the 2019 cohort, Trash for Trade brought a unique idea to save the planet while supporting the plastic recycling process. The team consists of a bunch of young individuals from Uva Wellassa University and a few active young innovators from Batticaloa. Despite of the challenge of different members coming from different areas of the country, Trash for Trade sets an example for how a team can function together to contribute to the Sustainable Developement Goals as responsible youth. HackaDev programme of United Nations Development Programme is really proud ot see the progress of Trash for Trade throughout the last couple of months through the incubation programme, and wish them good luck to contribute more and more to the society through protecting the environmen
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