In 2018, Enactus VU attended the Enactus National Conference held in Sydney; at this conference, we presented two out of our three current projects (Cubaya and Community Plastiks) and were awarded with the “Best New Team” award.
OUR MISSION IS TO REDUCE THE PILE OF PLASTIC WASTE ENDING UP IN OUR LANDFILLS EVERY YEAR. WE ARE DOING THIS, BEGINNING WITH WHERE WE STUDY, AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY. WE HAVE ADAPTED THE ‘PRECIOUS PLASTIC’ MACHINES AND INFRASTRUCTURE OF A SHREDDER AND EXTRUDER TO REPURPOSE PLASTICS SUCH AS BOTTLES, LIDS AND CONTAINERS INTO NEW PRODUCTS SUCH AS 3D PLASTIC FILAMENT. THIS WILL THEN BE ABLE TO BE SOLD BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY, CREATING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE.
AUSTRALIA THROWS AWAY 1 BILLION PAPER COFFEE CUPS A YEAR. DESPITE THEM BEING MADE FROM PAPER, THEY CANNOT BE RECYCLED ALONG WITH OTHER PAPER PRODUCTS, BUT RECYCLED SEPARATELY. ENACTUS VU AND SIMPLY CUPS ARE WORKING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF COFFEE CUP RECYCLING AND CHANGE CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR.