Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy

by Friends of Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao
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Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy
Green Phenix - Creating a circular economy

Waste no more is a project that is carried out by the social enterprise Green Phenix.

The last couple of months have been challenging in many regards. During the COVID-19 lockdown we started a taskgroup with some very talented individuals and inspiring companies and we started to use the Green Phenix headquarters as an essambly facility for PPE, like faceshields and doorhandles that enable you to open the door with your wrist instead of the palm of your hand to reduce contamination risk. We transformed the workspace into a clean room and trained the participants with regards to the strict hygiene protocol. 

After waiting for months we finally have a shredder specially designated for PET plastic and a second shredder is on the way for HDPE & PP plastic. With great thanks to Wilton Site Management, a UK based company. Due to the shredders the volume of the collected plastic is reduced to about 1/40, which enables us to store and process higher volumes of plastic. Which is good news, because the lockdown underlined that it is extremly important that our island diversifies and becomes less dependant upon other countries.

The investment we were able to make in the full filament solution with the help of Active Chance is of extreme added value. 3D printing filament has been in high demand and some of the traditional suppliers have been out of stock for quite a while.  3D printing has gained popularity during the global crisis and the ability to locally produce fillament is innovative and practical.

After a long wait for the customs department the machines have been released and shortly the testing will proceed.

We've been talking with the Ministry of Labour affairs to include a larger number of people in the project and we are actively looking for partnerships and closing service contracts to collect recyclables and take care of the whole recycling process for responsible companies. 

The ministry of Ecomonic Development paid us a visit and had a video made, which they showed as an introduction during the national export week. Kas di Kultura made a video about Green Phenix which was shown on national televishon during Dia di Bandera, a national holiday and we have been on radio Kriollo in an interview with Greg Darwin. More and more people learn about Green Phenix and start to recycle.

Together we are making the change!

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At the beginning of Februari Green Phenix moved to Paviljoen Zeelandia. After operating from the founders house for over 6 months, moving to this majestical building is a huge step forward. Each proces now has a designated room, which helps to keep everything ordered and avoid cross contamination of different plastic types.

We have a room in which plastic is sotered, bottle caps, rings and labels are removed and the plastic is cleaned. Then it goes to a shredder room in which bottles are tranformed into flakes. The process for which it is being prepared determines on how fine the flakes are made. 

We have a PET storage room as well as a HDPE storage room. We're in the process of ordering a new shredder and scaling the project by an additional group of SOAW participants. We are starting our first servive contracts, which are basically partnerships with companies in the hospitality sector, that want to recycle their plastic and aluminium waste streams.

All our activities help to keep plastic out of the landfill and the environment and shortly we will have over 20 people that were previously unemployed working with us. 

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Innovation awards
Innovation awards

Waste no more has had some nice exposure in the last month. During the 2019 Curacao innovation awards the project was moninated for all the categories. This on it's own was a huge honor and it was a first in the 21 yeard of history of the innovation awards that a project was nominated in all the categories: Social Innovation, Sustainable Innovation, Business Innovation, Innovation and Public choice award.

We won the public choice award and we also won the business award, which obviously filled us with proud. 

The team grew further from 9 teammembers through SOAW to 14. 

The first chair made out od recycled HDPE was finished and we printed a lot of unique christmas ornament designs from waste PET which we will be selling as fundraising items. 

With the #maketheturtlesmile campaign school children collected 30.573 plastic bottles. These bottles will not pollute the environment and wil not end up in landfills but will be used as resources to produce new products.So we have been making good steps into the direction of a circular economy by raising awareness, great exposure and actual engagement.

Without waste there is no pollution and we definately need to reduce the pollution that ends up in our ocean. Step by step larger companies are also getting involved.

Right now we are actively looking for a new production facility, so that we can scale our operation. So if you have any ideas, please feel free to reach out!

Chair
Chair
Gladys van Dal award
Gladys van Dal award
#maketheturtlesmile
#maketheturtlesmile
Christmas turtle
Christmas turtle

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Part of the Green Phenix team for "waste no more"
Part of the Green Phenix team for "waste no more"

The 'Waste no More" project has made amazing progress in the last few months. With now 2 extruders, 2 recycled PET 3D printers and a grinder we started producing the first products out of waste plastic from the island of Curacao.

With these new unique machines from '3D seed' we made really good steps. Then with 9 'yu di korsou' people joining our team through the SOAW learning project we were able to bring our operation to a next level. 

Experimenting with 3D designs and different PET bottle brands, we created a vide variety of products printed with bottles that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. Soap holders, decorative lizards, sea turtles, bracelets, coasters, logo's for differnt organisations and plant holders are just some of the products that we have printed so far.

With the extruders we have made 6 different sizes of beams so far, which we can use for multiple applications. 

We've set up the first steps for a collaboration with Selikor, the largest waste collector on Curacao and we introduced our project to the Dutch Represenatives, the Britt Club and the minister of Education, Science, Culture & Sports.

This week we will be presenting for the rotary and next week we will be pitching in front of a jury because we have been nominated for the Social and the Sustainable Innovation awards for 2019. Exciting times with good things ahead!

With the larger team we now really need an industrial shredder, so we can speed up the production. That will be the next big step towards a circular economy on our beautiful island. But since we now have the whole production up and running and lots of people interested in our initiative we are hoping that is a next step that we will soon be able to make. 

Sharing the stories we have on our social media is highly appreciated, because we want to demonstrate that it is indeed possible to create a local recycling industy that not only stimulates a circular economy, but also creates employment opportunities. 

Some of the printed products
Some of the printed products
Some of the extruded products
Some of the extruded products

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artpiece - turtle phenix
artpiece - turtle phenix

Green Phenix and the 'Waste no More' project have been going through some good developments over the last few months. There now is a founding team that consists of Djamila Braaf, Giacomo Booi and Sabine Berendse. Three passionate individuals with complementary qualities.

The business plan was updated and grant proposals were writen. The first machines are ordered and some prommising partnerships were formed. The first volunteers have registered and several companies have been approached to support the international volunteers with housing and food.

In May we were collaborating partner in an art installation in the Sambil Mall in Curacao. This art installation aims to create awareness about plastic pollution. For this purpose we created a plastic bottlecap curtain in which over 70 school children participated. 

Next week the first machine is planned to arrive and in preparation for these machines to come already 290,8 kg of type & collor sorted plastic was collected. In July the first product of our own manufacturing should be available. Stay tuned. If you want to become more involved in our project, NOW is the time!

Giacomo and Paul preparing the bottle caps
Giacomo and Paul preparing the bottle caps
Preperations for the bottlecap curtain
Preperations for the bottlecap curtain
We have young volunteers
We have young volunteers
lot's of kids helped with the curtains
lot's of kids helped with the curtains
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