Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by MonkeyJenn ⌂, Zihuatanejo, Thursday, November 08, 2018, 13:55 (5 days ago)

Zihro Plastic is supporting a new project and could use some help from someone with skills building things/mechanical inclinations.

We are working with a group of students at the Instituto Lizardi (a private school here in town). These 4 students are interested in building a plastic recycling machine. There are plans for developing these machines from an organization called Precious Plastic. Based in the Netherlands, this organization is sharing detailed plans and information so people all over the world in small towns/anywhere, can build these machines and begin recycling plastic and creating products from the plastic, which they can use/sell. The items being made can also be recycled again and again in these machines.

While the students have detailed plans and online tutorials, they would benefit greatly by having a mentor to help them through the building process of these machines. Having some basic tools you could share would be helpful as well. (Also, the students speak excellent English!)

Zihro Plastic is prepared to cover the bulk of the expense for all the building materials, but donated funds would be much appreciated as well. The project will cost under $10,000 pesos.

Once the machines are built, they will need to be housed someplace along with stored collected plastics (much of which will come from beach clean ups we are beginning to schedule starting in Dec. ) where students can work to create the recycled products. The new products can be sold in various local tiendas and also we hope at Eco Tianguis.

If you have some time and skills you could share to help these kids realize this amazing project in the next few months, please contact me for more information. Not only will this project benefit our local community, but it will surely be an inspiration for other nearby communities to emulate!

This is a link to the organization that provides the machine plans: https://preciousplastic.com/

Alex, Arantza, Miranda and Vannia are the students dedicated to the success of this project:


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Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by hromero ⌂ @, Thursday, November 08, 2018, 15:18 (5 days ago) @ MonkeyJenn


Humberto Romero

Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Thursday, November 08, 2018, 19:07 (5 days ago) @ MonkeyJenn

This sounds like a great project. I was just watching recently a documentary about a project spearheaded by the actor Jackie Chan also recycling plastics in some remote areas that you may want to look into: https://trashpresso.com/

Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by wisconsinjuan @, Friday, November 09, 2018, 15:35 (4 days ago) @ cd69

At US $78,000 per week, I don't think we will see a "Trashpresso" in Z anytime soon.

Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by wisconsinjuan @, Friday, November 09, 2018, 15:43 (4 days ago) @ wisconsinjuan

Jenn- i would be interested in helping out with this during the winter. I am there from early January to early April. I am a retired business owner so I may have some skills that can be utilized. I am not a handyman type unfortunately . I know a small amount about plastic recycling as I was a passive investor in a plastic recycling company, but did pick up a little knowledge here and there. I would also be willing to help out with some of the cost. I see your email is not enabled, but if you do that, I can contact you after we get settled in.

Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:46 (4 days ago) @ wisconsinjuan

But they do sponsor projects as well. If you watch the documentary, it was about this. Being a coastline city, this machine is a good fit as they do try to help removing plastics from getting in rivers and oceans and making something useful with them.

Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by BL @, Friday, November 09, 2018, 19:29 (4 days ago) @ MonkeyJenn

Hi Jenn,
Sounds like a great project! Are you familiar with the Premio Amanda Rimoch a la Educacion Ambiental? Information is only in Spanish, though. In nutshell it is a national contest where students present a project and get funded by Function Liomont AND get money for their schools. I was involved in the judging process twice and the level of creativity and innovation is mind-blowing. It is open to every school in Mexico, both public and private. If it doesn't make sense for this particular project, maybe students can think of something else?

Good luck!

Zihro Plastic- Exciting new project - Mentor needed!

by Casa Juan @, Friday, November 09, 2018, 21:02 (4 days ago) @ MonkeyJenn

Jenn can you forward your email address and I will let you what I might be able to contribute? Thanks