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St. Petersburg eco start-up makes skateboards from bottle caps


Young entrepreneurs recycle waste to make useful and fashionable things.

A team of young entrepreneurs have united to make useful things from recycled plastic. It takes 750 bottle caps to make a skateboard. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel reporter Alexander Odintsov discovers how plastic waste turns into fashionable accessories.

Alexander Rykachevsky, the founder of the eco-project, is demonstrating a skateboard made of plastic bottles. 

‘The hot plastic mass that comes out can be formed.’

The hot plastic mass comes out of the extruder. The team of eco enthusiasts assembled the extruder, the shredder for bottles and other equipment themselves. One of the team members, Anton, is a physicist and programmer by education. A couple of years ago he got interested in waste recycling. The idea was to make a skateboard. Now, the workshop can make a dozen of different things.

‘Technology processes for different types of plastic are different. We use easy to process plastic, mostly polyethylene, and are starting working with polypropylene,’ Anton Rykachevsky explains.

To make something from plastic bottle caps, they should be first shredded, heated, melted and then formed. 

Another part of the project is making pouch bags from plastic bags, which are first pressed. These accessories are quite popular, and not only with young people.

‘We made bags for a company, and they liked them so much that they made a much larger order,’ Anastasia Chulkova, a seamstress, tells.

Large shopper bags are made of PVC left from making trampolines. Last year, the workshop processed 400 kilograms of plastic. It seems a lot, but in fact, this is how much waste an average person produces every year.

Alexander Charno, project participant, is sure: ‘Responsible consuming is becoming a trend. If we make goods from at least part of the bottle caps that can be processed, it will be our contribution to nature protection.’

The project team makes effort to use 99% of recycled materials in their goods. Quite a large assortment could be made from waste. In future, recycled materials could be used to make spectacles or watches.

Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel