Our pilots

Three local and globally synchronized pilots intensify stakeholders involvement and engagement, with emphasis on social gains and sustainability potential. These citizens-driven use cases conceptualize local ecosystems of the PlasticTwist platform which result in sustained plastics-as-an-asset activities of incentivized communities instead of following conventional recycling practices.


Switzerland is with 700 kilograms per head “Top of Europe” in the production of plastic waste per head. At the same time, there is – apart from recycling plastic bottles – so far no common plastic recycling system and Switzerland is still in the process of conceptualizing of a common plastic collection and recycling system. The Swiss pilot is thus aimed at prototyping recycling ecosystems systems that can serve as role model and inspiration for politicians and citizens alike.

The pilot partner of PlasticTwist in Switzerland is the Future Laboratory CreaLab at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) with its FabLab Lucern.


The Netherlands has one of the higher plastics recycle rates within Europe, while at the same time the produced waste per capita is around 550 Kg a year, around 70 Kg more than the EU average. Currently there are a few systems in place within the Netherlands to keep plastics out of the streets, but at the same time a clearly visible trend of increasing the number of produce that use plastic packaging – either to increase life span or to protect products against damage. The Dutch Pilot is therefore aimed at making locally valuable and visible products and objects out of these waste streams – engaging local public in the process of recycling, rethinking, and making. As the throughput of plastic is highest at large corporates or institutions, we will focus on improving institutionalized procurement- and waste management systems, as we believe we can create maximum impact in terms of reduction and recycling plastics.

The pilot partners of PlasticTwist in the Netherlands are Ceci n’est pas une Holding, and Stichting Bluecity. We can be reached through info@playgroundplastic.eu


MedSOS, will make use of the popularity of the Clean Up the Med campaign in order to inform, communicate and disseminate the PlasticTwist platform, to demonstrate best case practices regarding sea plastic reuse in pre-selected cities and educate participants on the different types of existing plastics based on their collection during beach clean-ups, contact local community members who might act as local initiatives and potential actors in the platform and engage local community in the concept of circular economy.

The pilot partner of PlasticTwist in Greece is the Mediterranean SOS Network. We can be reached through info@medsos.gr

Pilot activities


With the launching of the PlasticTwist platform MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network (MedSOS) will be ready for two bootcamps focused on innovative and creative ideas regarding marine litter. Students, artists, corporations and inventors will be invited in order to discuss creative ways of introducing marine plastics in the circular economy. The bootcamps will take place in spring 2019 in cooperation with AUTH.

MedSOS has also implemented beach clean ups during the summer of 2018, spreading the word for PlasticTwist and introducing the Plastic Twist Clean Up mobile application. MedSOS uses special questionnaires, known as “Beach Observation Questionnaires” that are filled out by the volunteers during the cleanups and processed by the scientists of the Laboratory of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography (Department of Geology, University of Patrai).

With the assistance of the School of Informatics of the Faculty of Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Beach Observation Questionnaire became digital, as a mobile application was created. Volunteers downloaded and used the Plastic Twist Clean Up Application for the first time. The application leads the Clean Up the Med campaign to the digital era by making the questionnaires more user – friendly and reliable, since the collection and analysis of the data is now much easier. MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network informed the volunteers regarding the single used plastics problem and the solutions that circular economy may give to this environmental struggle.


In the fall of 2018 the Dutch pilot team kickstarts their PTWIST revaluating plastic movement with the Plastic Design challenge. During this challenge, teams consisting of students as citizens will be assigned a plastic waste flow from the local business community, and partners, such as Sodexo, Coolrec (van Gansewinkel), PWC and the municipality of Rotterdam. From there on, they follow an inspiring but intense trajectory of 3-6 months, guided by local experts. The challenge learns teams how to analyse the material, conceptualize product ideas and materialize them into prototypes, with the local community, especially looking at creating business.

At the end teams have created a recycled prototype with underlying and validated business model. The final prototypes are presented during Playground Plastics, a big festival that focuses on revaluating and rethinking the way we look at plastics.


With the RE-BUTTON, the Swiss PlasticTwist pilot introduced the first mini-lab-fabrication allowing anyone from 7-107 to engage with the wonders and transformations of plastic. During the workshop at the large Spring Fair of central Switzerland Chris Obrist from FabLab Lucerne and the rest of the CH-PT-team produced over 400 RE-BUTTONs with the public.

In the coming months next to other activities the Swiss PlasticTwist pilot will introduce teach-the-teacher courses, so that pupils make their own RE-BUTTON fabrications in class. Showing that paying attention to the plastics around you can easily turn a piece of waste into a useful object