Flashback to when we were little children playing with plastic currency and pretending it was cash.
Our younger selves would be pleased to know that one
Why green coins?
An upcycling laboratory called Wasted is giving away these green plastic coins to encourage the community to collect plastic from the streets, landfills, and various bodies of water. It recycles this plastic to make objects of use for the community.
Studies have found that humans discard between 5.3 million to 14 million
How does it work?
The green coins fuel a reward system that allows the community to participate and benefit. Citizens of Noord may opt to receive special garbage bags for plastic. After filling the bags, they leave them outside of their homes for pickup. In a few days, the house receives special green coins courtesy of Wasted.
What happens to all the plastic?
Since 2016, Wasted has worked in collaboration with the local government to transform the plastic into public infrastructure objects such as benches, tables, furniture, and playground structures. As of this writing, Wasted has collected 15,221
While the project is still in its infancy and remains within Noord, 700 households have already signed up. Since its inception in 2015, Wasted has collected an estimated 16.5
Imagine what more this project could achieve if Wasted expanded outside of the district of Noord.