The Better Future Factory is no ordinary factory; it is an innovative design lab that creates sustainable ideas and start-ups using waste to create new products. This factory is based in the Netherlands and was founded in 2012 by Laura C. Klauss, Casper Van der Meer, Bart Bleijerveld and Jonas R.J. Martens.
Most of their projects are based on the reuse of plastic waste into new materials for use in new products.
Their project Refill produces a filament for 3D printers made out of old dashboards, PET bottles and refrigerators. The Refill plastic has the same quality as a virgin plastic, and allows plastic waste to have new life in the manufacture of useful products.
Better Future Factory has created Squarry, a project in developing countries where there is less infrastructure for recycling plastic waste. This project helps people start an upcycle business using plastic bottles to create New Marble tiles. A low tech tool has been created to be able to produce those tiles locally and to reduce address the issue of plastic waste in the environment.
In Peru they established Rewire, another innovative way to use plastic waste with a simple process that turns bottles into wire for weaving. This project helps marginalized women have a source of income using their weaving skills to create objects made from those wires.
To demonstrate how easy it is to turn plastic waste into material for reuse the Better Future Factory has established the Perpetual Plastic Project Installation. They can take these machines to schools, businesses, fairs and events to show how easy it is to go circular and what can be done with plastic waste. These machines can also be purchases for those wishing to to create their own products onsite.
NBIS was pleased to host Laura Klauss as a fellow through the US Department of State Young Entrepreners’s program in June, 2016.
More information and video on betterfuturefactory.com/
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