Create marble from plastic bags #preciousplastic

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  1. Urahara1001

    I've found it easier rather than bothering with any shredding or doing the initial melt in the oven to just do a pass over the bags with a heat gun or a high pass with a blow torch. The plastic will do a partial melt and shrink in on itself, but will cool very quickly so that it can be safely handled sooner. Do this for a few of them and you'll end up with small, compressed nuggets of plastic that take up a lot less volume, so you can pack them in to your mold for a longer melt to fully liquefy and unify them together. Other advantage in my experience is that you're much less likely to get air bubbles this way.

  2. Electrical Existence

    You need to stop grinding on plastics and making micro particles because it's now in the rain and microscopic animals are eating it, it's taking over the food chain…. we must stop using plastic.

  3. Karan Vito

    Can we commercialize it? I see why companies won’t sell something like this because of production costs. But i’d really like people to start using this stuff for their lawns, flooring, picture frames etc

  4. Simon M

    Someone should make like wall and floor and some shower tiles from bags like these and micro plastics. They could be reused aswell

  5. Mike Drever

    I molded my bags differently. I attached a heater plate directly to the side of the mold, heated the mold up to temp and stuffed it full of whole bags. It works just as well and requires a lot less equipment. It takes longer to cool, but that doesn't bother me.

  6. Jackie Gfeller

    I was wondering about the fumes, and then I saw that she had a respirator on. Probably a good idea! Why aren't we doing something like this commercially to control these plastics? surely if it can be done in a workshop it could be a consideration for larger scale.

  7. Kwan Lowe

    Thanks for a great video. Quick question: How "pure" does the plastic need to be if end usage is for things like toys and miscellaneous gadgets (e.g., project box, lamp base, etc.). And approximately how much energy is required for the process? Can it be done in an energy neutral way?

  8. sopwithpuppy

    I was watching and you said "We need to cut up the plastic", then you used a shredder, and finally, showed that if we don't have a shredder, that you can cut it up with scissors. Then you started scrunching up complete bags and popped them in the top of the bowl. HUH? OK, so you threw the cut up plastic in towards the end, but it seems to me that you don't need to cut it up at all, perhaps only to make the process a bit faster.

  9. Stephen Gerard

    This is not good for health, fumes from melting plastic plus air borne plastics from sanding. These micro particles will end up your lungs or finding their way to the rivers and seas.

  10. Ackram O

    Hello! I’m new at your channel I would like to help me with tutorial on how to produce #Solid Breaks #marblesheet with smooth surface, thank you

  11. Hendrik Kaiser

    Brilliant, I am so happy to see more and more solutions popping up about reusing plastic and keeping it away from littering our oceans. I will try this one for sure. Thanks

  12. Scarlet Letter

    It the temperature to melt the bags into a pliable medium 200 degrees Celsius (I need to know whether or not I need to make any metric to imperial conversions)?

  13. Francesco Cerruti

    that's nice! however, by plaining, sanding, and polishing, aren't you making undisired microplastics? Could you develop a method that requires the least amount of "post production" to the recycled object? NOT complaining! It's a great job you guys are making!

  14. david mundy

    Avoid fumes AND avoid expensive filter-mask. Simply make a little fan attached to a flexible hose. Draw in clean air from outside the shop. Then you make a simple mask that blows the clean outside air onto your face from the hose. No filter needed. Young people don't value their lungs until years later when you get cancer or other lung disease. Take care so you can live to see age 30.

  15. Tim Auran

    Nothing new. My goal was to melt enough plastic to have walkway "pavers" from my front door to mailbox. After 17 years and 12 feet, I made it! Just wish I still got mail.

  16. Adam SK/EN

    I really love that cube. It looks like a rock even though it's plastic.
    I gotta tell you that I'm starting to recycle plastic now!
    Mostly for plastic project boxes and also recycle some of it. Also I'm gonna sort it by the type and then by color which then I'm gonna recycle, then shred it to pieces and extrude into molds of boxes and more!!!!!!
    I'm the first person that's beggining to recycle plastic at home in Slovakia!!!!
    (but first I have to get a shredder and an extruder)

  17. the artist formerly known as mma

    Can these be carved? Like if you made a giant block would you be able to carve it into a clasic style statue? Would it hold its shape? And what would make it lose its shape?

  18. Emeka Donbosco

    recycle, reuse, up-cycle and save the planet and plastic emission. well done for this creative and environmental craftsmanship

  19. H R

    Very innovative Idea….but definitely with the consideration of some very important safety measures….but can't deny it was really knowledgeable….keep sharing.

  20. vapeitup vapeitup

    This is AWESOME. I wish our governments would make a giant plant that all our waste plastic could be collected and taken to and made into your amazing product. The appropriate moulds could be made, producing a variety of shapes, colours and sizes and sold on to make all sorts of wonderful things. Even if the product was dumped into our precious oceans, it could never wrap around a dolphin and strangle it, nor embed itself deeply into a sea turtle’s nasal passage, or float in a great mass of swirling plastic, destroying habitats, and a hundred other toxic ways of polluting our seas. It would simply land on the bottom and provide a place for marine life to attach to – making it OCEAN FRIENDLY. I will write to the Environment

  21. Tom Cool

    You can use a baking paper to keep your metal bowl from sticking.
    I don't trust plastic fumes like that. It probably should be done in a well ventilated place. How do they do it in the plastic factory?
    What do you do with the other kind of plastic bags?
    You need to make something useful like cutting boards or countertops or tabletops and sell them. Maybe someone who watched your video will buy some.

  22. Frank Ligas

    Thanks for the video.
    Would be great to figure out a way to turn plastic bags into plastic counter tops.
    There is more than 1,000,000 tons of plastic bags sitting in a pile nicely sorted just outside of Jakarta, Indonesia if anyone wants it.
    The government pays workers to sort and pile them up, just in case one day someone figures out what to do with all of them.

  23. прекрасный бабочка

    If I could make blocks from recycled plastic I would make sure the blocks don't have mixed color or different material in my opinion its easier to create stuff and it lowers the chance of the object being ugly .

    Stop mixing plastic together .

  24. Russell

    BRILLIANT Every school should be running every student through this simple plastics recycling project If it inspires just 1% imagine how that could save resources, cut waste. And yeah as people often note, better safety techniques, I cringe everytime these folk stuff plastics down a shredder with their hands – Ekkkkkkk – so if you do this at your school, make sure the shop teacher is in charge.

  25. Cártago Primero

    Isn't this a very polluting process? The shredding produces a lot of plastic particles that will contaminate the place and the sorrounding areas eventually. But more importantly, the fumes produced by melting plastic are not environment-frienly at all. Am I wrong? If so, please let me know.

  26. Kevin Privet

    So the finished cube has small holes on its surface harbouring bacteria? Which you then place edible food upon? Leave Poland , you'll live longer.

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