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Managing Editor  | July 2017

Sea turtle provides inspiration for invention that shreds and recycles plastic

In 1993, New South Wales Australia-based environmental scientist and zoologist Louise Hardman was brought in to help a marine turtle that had washed ashore. After three days, the turtle died, according to a recent article by ABC Coffs Coast, and its body was found to be filled with ocean plastics.



The unfortunate death of a sea turtle from ingesting plastic pushed Louise Hardman
to invent The Shruder. (Wikimedia Commons)


For the past 25 years, Hardman has been devising the means for keeping plastic out of the world’s oceans and in June she unveiled The Shruder at the StartUp Coffs Coast competition, taking first place for her design, which shreds, extrudes, and inject molds plastic waste into new items.


According to the description on the StartUp website, “The Shruder is a small scale, mobile plastic shredding and extruder all-in-one machine. The small scale and mobility of it allows it to be used in remote locations with a focus on the Pacific Island communities where waste plastics is a huge problem both from being washed up and also from post-consumer waste.”


Hardman also created The Pacific Collective in 2016 to promote her design and to educate the public about the need for plastic recycling.


The Pacific Collective offers a six-step program to help people through the collection, sorting, shredding, designing, remolding, and even the selling of the recycled plastic. 

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