Obaggo in-home appliance recycles plastic bags and film into recyclable disks
Obaggo has become available for pre-order through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, providing a solution to one of the most difficult recycling and pollution problems facing the planet.
Obaggo is a new appliance that gives consumers the ability to be part of plastic waste solution by turning plastic bags and packaging film into recyclable disks that are the optimal shape and size for recycling.
"Many people don't realize it, but for decades, plastic bags and packaging film have been a contaminant in the recycling system," explained Obaggo Founder and CEO, David New. "When bags get sorted at recycling centres, their thin and flimsy nature tends to jam up the recycling machinery, causing shut-downs. Obaggo disks are specifically designed to hold together through the materials recovery facility sorting process."
Plastic bags and packaging film are both the fastest-growing type of packaging material and also the most difficult to recycle. This is partly because they're rarely accepted for recycling anywhere, and partly because the recycling labels are confusing or non-existent. Obaggo solves both problems by transforming plastic bags and packaging films into recyclable disks and by helping consumers understand what is and is not good to recycle.
"Less than 5 percent of plastic bags and packaging film are recycled and the rest are suffocating our oceans, killing marine life, birds and other animals, and causing significant problems everywhere they end up," continued New. "Since my father founded one of the first recycling centers in the United States back in the 1970s, the unrecyclability of plastic bags and packaging has been a lifelong frustration that I knew I had to solve."