Phil Brown, Better Future Factory presents about the Perpetual Plastics Project

Phil Brown, Schmidt-MacArthur Circular Economy Fellow and project manager of Better Future Factory Circular Economy presents at the 3D Printing Materials Conference: “The vision of the Better Future Factory and Perpetual Plastics Project”.

About Better Future Factory
Better Future Factory is an engineering & design agency of alumni from the TU Delft that wants to change the world by innovating, making things and setting up businesses. The Perpetual Plastic Project is designed to stimulate the use of plastic waste as input for 3d-printers. By applying end-of-life materials in products with some creative thinking material loops can be closed more locally and waste can be prevented.

PPP is an initiative by the engineering & design agency Better Future Factory. It is a part of a bigger plan to solve the plastic waste problem and create a more sustainable economy at the same time. The idea is that in order for change to occur people have to 1. Be aware of the problem, 2. Care and 3. Know what to do. Spin-offs related to plastic waste and 3d-printing are currently in the making. They range from stimulating plastic waste entrepreneurship in developing economies in Africa to circular product concepts in retail, industrial production of fully recycled 3d-printer filament from municipal solid waste and actual 3d-printed performance products.

CranfieldAbout Phil Brown
Phil recently received his MSc in Environmental Management for Business from Cranfield University.  While undertaking his studies Phil was awarded a Schmidt-MacArthur Circular Economy Fellowship 2014-2015 incorporating an intensive summer school and year long study program. The Schmidt-MacArthur fellowship is open to professional masters and PhD students in design, engineering or business from across the globe to stimulate innovative thinking and projects around “cradle-to-cradle” or “circular” economic systems. As part of his MSc research and circular economy innovation project Phil has undertaken a feasibility study evaluating the use of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) recycled plastics for 3D printing.

The research adopts a circular economy perspective to assess WEEE plastic recycling and 3D printing opportunities, challenges and potential future impacts. Through consultation with industry experts, the use of systems modelling and a review of current research he shows that it is feasible to recycle WEEE plastics into 3D filament. Phil is working to further develop research and projects that demonstrate and advance a transition towards a circular economy. He is also currently looking at developing a research programme that extends this circular economy research into an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in sustainable materials and manufacturing.

Find out more about Better Future Factory here.