Plastic waste is a global problem. There are many initiatives around the world for the removal of plastics from the environment. However, what happens to the plastic when it is removed from the environment? The principles of the circular economy can offer a solution in this regard. Plastics are very difficult to break down. This property causes problems in the environment but is beneficial for reuse. In this project, waste plastics are used as a raw material for new products. The design and production of products takes place at two locations, namely in Arnhem and Ho Chi Minh City.

In this project, HAN research group Sustainable River Management is working together with the Institute for Circular Economy Development (ICED) – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh city, Plastic Fantastic (PF) and Go Clean de Liemers (GCL). This consortium contains the necessary knowledge, expertise and resources to convert waste plastics in both the Netherlands and Vietnam into plastic sticks and to fabricate the blueprints as developed in this project. Together with ICED, designs will be made that fit within the Vietnamese context. The collaboration ensures knowledge development in the field of the circular economy and stimulates dissemination of international knowledge.

The project is funded by the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA (Regieorgaan SIA for short), which aims to improve the quality and widen the impact of the applied research done by universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.

“The HAN University of Applied Sciences, mostly referred to as HAN, is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. It offers bachelor and master degree programs to over 36,000 students. HAN is a knowledge institute for higher education in the Dutch province of Gelderland, with campuses in Arnhem and Nijmegen and a research center in Doetinchem” (Wikipedia)

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