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Plastic Bag Recycler. Plastic Bag Rejuvenator. Green Team B. Customer. Bag bans/levies in Rwanda, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar, Botswana, South Africa - however shop keepers depend on bags Paper bags unaffordable - 5x cost of plastic

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Plastic bag recycler

Plastic Bag Recycler

Plastic Bag Rejuvenator

Green Team B


Customer

Customer

  • Bag bans/levies in Rwanda, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar, Botswana, South Africa - however shop keepers depend on bags

  • Paper bags unaffordable - 5x cost of plastic

  • Unsuccessful attempts to curb usage - culture

  • International Institute for Justice and Development

  • Volontaire-Globalisation

  • “Simple” Request - To get rid of plastic bag pollution in Lome, Togo!


Benchmarking

Benchmarking

  • No recycling service in Lomé currently

  • Unskilled monthly wage = $32/month


Testing

Testing

  • Parameters:

    • Temperature

    • Pressure

    • Feed rate

    • Bag material (HDPE vs. LDPE)

    • Number of layers

    • Polymer chain alignment


Additional challenges

Additional Challenges

  • Fusing Machine

    • Determine optimal temperature/pressure/feed rate settings

    • Include Controls

      • Pressure, temperature, feed

    • Longer feed sheets

  • Preprocessing

    • Cutting machine

  • Postprocessing

    • End product research: what would optimize value for Togolese end-users?

    • IIJD suggestions: thick plywood-like sheets for furniture, buckets, flip-flops, rope


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