Welcome to Precious Plastic Melbourne! We're Piers and Kayla Mossuto, passionate advocates for a circular future, free from plastic waste.
Our journey began when, seeking responsible manufacturing solutions for a sustainable business venture, we discovered the innovative Precious Plastic methods. Instantly captivated by their potential to transform plastic waste into valuable resources, in late 2019, we launched Precious Plastic Melbourne. We're driven by a global movement to reframe waste as a resource. We champion a future where everyone can actively participate in solving the plastic waste crisis.
• Empower communities: We facilitate recycling workspaces, equipping individuals, businesses, and schools with innovative micro-recycling machinery, enabling them to tackle the challenge head-on.
• Spark a generation of changemakers: We ignite a passion for sustainability through education on plastic waste and circular economy principles, empowering current and future generations to become part of the solution.
• Promote sustainable practices: We advocate for the use of 100% recycled post-consumer materials and ensure the recyclability of our products at end-of-life, helping organisations reduce their reliance on virgin materials.
Finding creative ways to create a second life for plastics
We launched head-first into our recycling journey by building a small injection mould machine and shredder (based on the original open-source Precious Plastic machinery plans) with the simple intention of producing a small range of products in-house.
And within the first 6 months of announcing our initiative, we had collected over 300,000 plastic bottle caps from our local community!
Since, we’ve gone on to design and produce our own range of machinery. Our machines are Australian made certified, and, as they needed to be exceptionally safe for use in schools, they comply with Australia's robust safety standards. They're also easy (and fun!) to use.
Waste doesn't need to be wasted
Precious Plastic Melbourne is now a one-stop-shop for closed loop systems and design in Australia - and we’re still continuously evolving as we add new capabilities, refine our skills and increase our knowledge base, developing new and innovative ways to repurpose waste!
Through providing the tools and knowledge needed to recycle plastic, we’re working to nurture a grassroots recycling movement across Australia. We’re watching this amazing, collaborative eco-system flourish right before our eyes, full of changemakers and green entrepreneurs creating new opportunities for innovation and industrial symbiosis!
The micro-recycling community is a distributed network of do-ers, one connected to the next, working to expand our collective impact on the ground! As far as actually spreading the solutions we have at our fingertips, we believe that this is critical work that needs to happen at a local and community level.
Where others see waste, we see unexplored, untapped beauty
We work with individuals and businesses to create with intent and innovation. Working with our partners, we guide the development of upcycled pieces that use undervalued resources that make exceptional conversation starters - key to leading the way in circularity.
We’re seeing an increasingly high demand for 100% recycled products. So we're passionate about helping our clients create circular business models, either through making use of their own waste stream, or through locally sourced post-consumer waste.
And of course, consumers are not only looking for genuinely sustainable products, there’s of course also that very natural love of Australian-made, so we feel honoured to be empowering individuals and brands across Australia to deliver their own local story.
Everyone is a recycler
If it wasn't already apparent, well, we're just really excited about waste - and we want YOU to get excited about waste (and it's potential) too!
When it comes to impact, we must work together - it's about the relationships, and a continuous loop of collaboration.
So we're empowering organisations and communities to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics, creating a circular economy for this ubiquitous commodity.
Along with our recycling equipment, we have everything you need to get started and your recycling journey, from pre-shredded plastic, to tools and a range of useful accessories for your workspace.
For a truly holistic circular economy system, lifecycle needs to be considered from product concept stage
Our relationship with plastic needs rethinking - plastics are versatile materials, however the way we use them is incredibly wasteful. We need to redefine plastic waste as a valuable resource, which can be recovered and returned to the material cycle.
By working with us, you're supporting our mission to create a circular, waste-free future and grow the micro-recycling community in Australia.
"Based in the leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Precious Plastic Melbourne is Australia's go-to for all things circular, including machines, moulds and innovation."
About the Precious Plastic movement
Since 2013, Precious Plastic has been working on a bottom-up approach to bring recycling technologies and knowledge to the hands of everyone, all open-source. Developing and sharing the machines and techniques to empower people around the world to start recycling plastic is at the core of the Precious Plastic mission, creating a new financial value from plastic waste.
Verified Workspaces: In 2021, Precious Plastic announced their Verified program, giving recognition to the top tier PP spaces around the globe (which they refer to as the crème de la crème of the Precious Plastic community)! Precious Plastic Melbourne was announced as one of the initial selection within the Verified program, and are the only Verified space in Australia. To this day, we continue to work closely with the Precious Plastic HQ, and support many spaces within the community.
Head to www.preciousplastic.com to learn more.