LPM Street Signpost
The LPM Street Sign Post has been designed to replace the current 60mm steel galvanised signposts that litter the streets. The rough estimate of the number of these steel posts in Sydney alone is 4.4 million. Each plastic waste signpost uses on average 10kgs of 100% recycled post-consumer plastic waste, I'll let you do the math on how much waste could be used to replace these steel posts.
Some of the other major benefits of these plastic waste posts are their corrosion resistance, their ability to be 100% recycled at the end of their life and their moulding capabilities. We are able to mould in flat sections for better sign placement, mount screw points into the plastic for sign attachments and also mould in flanges or other custom forms.
The LPM Bucket is the first product that we have made that will be in public view and will be on show at the Industrial Espresso Bar in Brookvale holding napkins and sugar sachets.
This bucket utilises 100% post-consumer polyethylene plastic bags to reinforce linen and give it structure, The label is paper that has been suspended between the polyethylene layers.
This Rod is made up of a core of all different types of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and has an outer layer made of our Polyethelyne reinforced Flax sheet as shown below.
It is incredibly rigid and solid with a promising amount of strength to it. We believe that this product could have a future in city infrastructure.
To show off the manufacturing possibilities of this recycled LPDE fibre sheet we dyed the fibre before infusing it with polyethylene then moulded the sheet into a frisbee. Organising the recycled plastic before manufacturing it into a sheet allowed us to make the top layer of the frisbee clear and add in the number 4 LDPE symbol on top.
LPM Storage Box
This storage box was made using our polyethylene reinforced Flax sheet. It was done in order to see how easy the sheet material was to mould. We pre-dyed the flax fabric to give the product a bit of colour and extend the possible applications for this technology with further customisation.
Recycled LDPE Sheet
To increase the use of recycled plastic in our parts we manufactured a sheet out of recycled LDPE bags. We will be using this sheeting as the reinforcing plastic component in our Flax sheets and increase the sustainability and utilisation of recycled plastic in our products.
The Flax Sheet
To increase the sustainability of our products we wanted to replace the outer layer of fibreglass with something more eco-friendly. To achieve this we used Flax due to its natural strength and sealed it in layers of Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE). This proved to work great and made the fibre weatherproof and incredibly sturdy.
This LPM panel is made up of all different types of 100% recycled plastic and a fibreglass polymer. The fibreglass polymer is just the outer layer of the panel and it provides an amazing amount of strength to the part. The plastic core moulded well but the panel did have an inconsistent thickness to it but still proved to have some potential applications.