Change makers – Dave Hakkens

00:04:27 2295 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Plastic is often seen as a disposable. Dave Hakkens, however, thinks ‘plastic crap’ is an excellent source to create beautiful new products.


Dave Hakkens wants to make waste plastic pre­cious. He has designed a machine that shreds and melts plastic to create new products and is sharing the design open-source via his Precious Plastic project. This enables people all over the world to recycle plastic themselves and see that it doesn’t have to be a disposable material.

Dave Hakkens' work is part of the exhibition Change the System in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, on show until January 14th 2018. 

Video credits

Video: Anouk Wouters
Interview: Sophie Heijkoop
With special thanks to: Dave Hakkens
Subtitles: Einion Media
Thanks to Fonds 21, VSBfonds, Gemeente Rotterdam, BankGiro Loterij, Boijmans Business Club

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  • Change makers

    From within the design world, there is a growing readiness to tackle the big systemic problems of our time: scarcity of raw materials, growing social inequality and increasing migration due to conflicts. For designers, these problems are not a threat but rather an opportunity to create something new. This series features seven interviews with ‘changemakers’; designers who adopt a critical stance and appeal for urgent change.