Change people's perspective on plastic from garbage to precious material
The problem of plastic waste is manyfold:
a. Production of new plastic pulling virgin source material
b. Disposal of plastic as a harmful residue
c. Use of plastic on inadequate applications for it’s price point and industrial scalability
d. Institutional dependency on centralised an monopolised organisations
This initiative (Precious Plastic at Blivande) does not, nor it should, solves all of those problems but offers a few pieces of the puzzle:
a. Reduction and control of new plastic production is a job for policies. The policies we should look into are not directly related to stop the production but changing the production: Stop using non-recyclable plastic and label it accordingly.
b. The main focus of this project (from my perspective) is to change the perspective on plastic: To stop looking git as garbage that when disposed becomes harmful to the environment and start looking at it as precious source material.
c. As soon as plastic is seen as a precious material, new products made out of this plastic should be used for durable, flexible and beautiful objects in contrast with single use, fragile and irrelevant items.
d. A big chunk of my belief on a sustainable society is a local first, interoperable, cross sector network of people and organisations working together. A society that relies solely and blindly on a state or company to address societal issues is always going to create a unhealthy, unsustainable dependency. As we see today, the ability to be resilient to crisis and single points of failures is a critical step towards a sustainable and participatory future.
Precious Plastic also has potential to address other societal problems than plastic waste:
Precious Plastic ecosystem blueprint suggests not a monolithic solution but a network of workstations that cooperate.
Having the 3 basic workstations at Blivande could enable the house and its community to turn their waste back into valuable resources for the house such urban furniture, house items, material to be used on Studio Tau’s workshops, urban gardening tools, etc…
It can also be a place where other people interested in replicating the initiative or start their own workstations come to learn and participate through courses, apprenticeship programs, voluntary and/or paid work.
There are no registered Precious Plastic workstations in Stockholm. Having a showroom and educational program hosted by Blivande can foster the spread of this initiative and be a model for how to implement this project with a relatable and localised story, which is considerably different than trying to replicate a model that worked in other geographical and cultural landscapes.
That being said, I think education and cooperative building are the main words, focusing on reproducibility instead of scalability of solutions: A rhizomatic and mycelial growth to be preferred.
Stockholm is considered one of the world’s models for “smart cities” and urban development  . This is a mix of cultural and institutional efforts that were implemented in the past and raised the city to this status.
The new challenges the world is facing requires a new seed of cultural and institutional developments, what has been done in the past should not be forgotten but we must build for change in a contemporary context.
Blivande’s Precious Plastic initiative can seed the change of perspective on how to deal with plastic, from what to do with the waste to who can do it.
Is this already answered by previous questions?