Countdown CES – Ghana Plastic Upcycling
According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “without significant action, there may be more plastic than fish in the ocean, by weight, by 2050.” In Ghana, West Africa, only 2% of single-use plastic water bottles are recycled, and 73 million kilos of those bottles enter the environment annually. Insufficient waste management resources coupled with lacking knowledge of how to safely dispose of waste further amplifies the danger that plastic pollution poses to Ghanaian citizens and their environment (2019, Keesman). In addition to the rampant plastic pollution, many childern in Ghana lack access to school furniture which imoacts their ability to learn. Countdown aims to tackle both these problems simultaneously.
The team decided that they would focus on school chairs made from recycled plastic after a feasibility assessment. Countdown CES recently partnered with Precious Plastic at ASU who will work with ZeroWaste ASU to serve as a supplier of the recycled plastic waste from ASU’s Tempe campus. A small scale protoype was made from wood and 3D printed plastic. Plans for this semster have the end goal of a full scale protoype.