PlasTech Ventures-Empowering Women by Recycling Plastic to Produce High Value Products

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Faculty Mentor/s:

Ganesh Balasubramanian, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics; Brian Slocum, Managing Director, Design Labs; Don Morris, Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

Students on the team this summer:  

Susan Cheng ‘21, Mechanical Engineering

Kelly Mulvaney ‘21, Supply Chain

Laura Marsiglio ‘21, IDEAS

 

Project Description:

This project aims to provide income opportunities for women in a partnering local community (Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines) by building a community-based, micro-recycling facility. Now in year two of the project, moving forward means further assessing the market opportunities, continue development on equipment, and develop a path for technology transfer and training. Through this project, women in the community will be manufacturing up-cycled products themselves, thus emphasizing gender equality and empowerment. Aside from finished goods, useful raw materials may also be made and supplied to local manufacturers to turn into high-value products. 

 

Month/Year Project Began:

June 2019