Two great initiatives to improve recycling and re-using by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens February 20 2015, 0 Comments

Meet Dutch design young talent Dave Hakkens

We love the work of a young Dutch designer called Dave Hakkens who graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2013. We came across him as he won the Dutch Design young talent award in October 2014. What is so great about Dave is that he has set up some amazing projects to recycle and re-use all types of plastic and mobile phones and that he is proactively sharing his knowledge with the world - hoping that others will react, respond and further build on his ideas.  



Old mobile phones thrown away, image by Chris jordan

Old mobile phones thrown away, image by Chris Jordan

One of his most 'famous' projects is phonebloks where he challenges current mobile phone manufacturers to redevelop their phones by making them reusable. As he states on his website "Every year millions of mobile phones are thrown away because they are broken or obsolete. In most of these cases it is just one part that needs repairing or upgrading and all the other parts work fine. However, the entire phone will be thrown out because of one reason: mobile phones are not designed for repairs or upgrades." This was the reason for Dave to explore new options to make a mobile phone re-useable in stead of obsolete. The whole idea was not to become a phone manufacturer himself but to get a message out to the crowd 

Please have a look at this short youtube film about Dave's project Phonebloks or check the website 

Precious Plastics

plastic recycling precious plastics | handpicked online

The goal of the precious plastic project is to develop the ultimate plastic machinery together and share this open source online. At Dave states "Plastic is one of the most precious materials on earth. It’s lightweight, strong, easy to shape and great to recycle. But plastic is seen as a disposable and worthless material, it’s cheap, produced in enormous quantities and shipped all over the world. Of all the plastic we use just 10% is recycled. Mainly because the machines that produce plastic products are expensive, extremely complex and are used very efficient to keep costs low. Working with recycled plastic runs the risk of damaging or polluting machines, which might slow down the production proces". Recently Dave hired a machine builder from the price money he won at the Dutch Design weeks to further develop his original designs. Watch this movie to see how the machine works.

For more information on Dave and his great work visit his website: