Circular Solutions
The term ‘circular economy’ is quickly gaining traction in Southeast Asia, and elsewhere around the world. Moving past the rhetoric and greenwashing, Circular Solutions has been deeply rooted in the ethos of circular economy by creatively finding approaches to close the loop in our current take-make-waste model.

We have come a long way in capturing and appreciating the true value of materials. From experimenting with creative ways to reuse materials, building our interactive, thought-provoking installations and upcycled furniture, to introducing new products from waste materials. Our experience and connections to the world of waste opened our eyes to reimagine the possibilities.

Circular Solutions is exactly as the name says; we provide complete, one-stop solutions to single-use plastic, recycling and managing waste.

Our current projects target corporations and businesses with the aim of closing the loop via waste management by engaging rural communities who are already practicing sustainability in their own right. We strongly believe in involving these individuals as they have the know-how and practical experience that complements our knowledge and skills. Our current solutions include machines like the plastic shredder inspired by the Precious Plastic movement available under the Beyond Bins programme.

Circular Solutions is a big part of the new paradigm for sustainable development. We embody the practicality of sustainability and are eager to involve you in the movement.

Beyond Bins

The Beyond Bins programme aims to provide a circular supply and demand chain between the community, industry players, and corporate bodies, ultimately closing the loop in plastic waste and bringing about a circular economy.

This programme tackles the plastic waste problem through innovative and self-sustaining solutions for the communities. Beyond Bins introduces small-scale plastic recycling solutions, at the same time promoting an alternative source of income to the communities through the production & re-selling of recycled products.

Inspired by the open-source project ‘Precious Plastic’ founded by Dave Hakkens, Beyond Bins allows for a more employable recycling scale through small, portable machines: the plastic shredder, the injection moulder and the extruder.

By providing the public with access to high value plastic recyclables (also known as plastic flakes) through the plastic shredder machine, we aim to make you a part of a bigger initiative to change the way we perceive and consume plastic as a means to reduce the current plastic waste crisis.

Technology

Plastic Shredder

The plastic shredder is the perfect complement to your green initiatives, whether for an event or to encourage your audience to practice recycling via short-term programmes. Users bring their single-use plastic to be shredded into flakes which will be used to create new things. This solution comes with the manpower needed to guide and explain the process to users. 

Extruder Machine

Extrusion is a continuous process where plastic flakes are inserted into the tube and extruded into a line of plastic. These lines can be used to make new raw materials such as 3D printing filament, make granulated plastic, spun around a mold or used in other creative ways. 

Injection Moulder

This machine is typically used to create our recycled products. Plastic flakes from the shredder are heated and injected into a mold that is made using CNC mills or lathes, or welded in our fabrication lab. It’s a relatively quick process and well suited for creating small objects repeatedly.

Recycled Products

The recycled products are made with the end result of the shredded plastic. We have the capacity to make…pretty much anything you might need, be it a small award plaque or a large installation for your new office. The products made from shredded plastic are based on your preferred customized designs, including your logo or tagline. 

Feel free to talk to us about your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Community

The main beneficiaries of this programme are the communities that will be empowered to recycle and produce new products made of their own recycled waste. The communities that we work with include those from remote villages with lack of access to recycling facilities, Orang Asli villages and islands. In the future, we plan to reach out to other marginalised communities and housing settlements including low-cost housing areas (PPR, KPKT), B40 income groups, schools, urban communities and more.

Biji-biji works with partners such as The Sea Monkey Project, to engage with these communities, where training and machines are provided, alongside educational programmes and awareness to instil a sustainability mindset.

The Bigger Picture

The Beyond Bins project set out with a mission to achieve behavioural change and a mindset shift towards sustainability. We made the decision to start by tackling the plastic waste issue which makes up a big part of the overall problem. 

Beyond Bins has a greater goal, which is to tackle sustainability challenges, making the programme applicable across different fields. With Beyond Bins, we aim to spread awareness on the importance of feeding back recyclables into the circular system which is crucial for sustainable development. In the future, we see this work evolving beyond plastic, to tackle other recycling challenges as well. 

At the heart of it, we want to tackle the thorny issue of behavioral change and ignite new ways of living. Ultimately, we want everyone to reimagine our everyday consumption habits and make small but important changes to their lifestyle. We cannot pretend that our planet doesn’t need saving, now more than ever.