Waste Plastic Solutions for Communities

Did you know that in the Pacific Region there are 3,224 inhabited islands with over 370 million people that live on less than $5,000/ year? There are 10 countries in the Pacific region that represet 98% of the entire popuation all living well below the poverty line and struggling with waste and pollution, with minimal resources. 

Our aim is to empower communities with Waste Plastic Solutions for these 3,000+ islands and remote Aboriginal communities that will bring employment, jobs and resources. This is why we started The Pacific Collective. 

While we don’t need to banish plastic from our lives all together, we believe that our attitude towards it desperately needs to change. Instead of viewing plastic as disposable trash, The Pacific Collective embraces it as a resource. Thanks to the Shruder mahcinery/ program, plastic waste that was once sent to landfill can now be recycled, and turned into useful tools such as 3D printer filament and houses.  

Unlike our current waste disposal system, The Pacific Collective has no interest in operating in the periphery. We are dedicated to engaging the local community in fostering a more sustainable relationship with plastic, so that we can realise a future with healthier communities, and marine eco-systems.

The Pacific Collective is social enterprise business focused on waste plastic recycling and remoulding for Pacific region communities. Founded in May, 2016 by Louise Hardman, an Eco-Scientist, Marine Educator environmental science/chemistry teacher, fedup with witessing the devastating effects of plastic pollution on communities and marine life.  

The mission of The Pacific Collective is to provide tools, equipment, machines and educational programs which will transform waste plastic into 'recycling income' for communities. The core of this eco-business is manufacturing mobile and affordable Waste Plastic Remoulding machines called 'Shruders' and training. 

Inspired by Dave Hakken's practical modular machines, we have created a single machine called the 'Shruder' - which shreds and extrudes plastic into recycled items. Specialised training for the use of these machines and how to work with discarded plastic is included in the Shruder package. 

Initial funding from NSW Department of Industries enabled Research & Development of the machines and program to be undertaken. In June 2017, The Pacific Collective on the Grandprize at Coffs Coast StartUp Innovation Awards for the program.  

Louise runs Know Your Plastics/ Plastics 101 programs for groups, schools, councils and businesses, providing practical alternatives, and in depth knowledge about the plastics we all use, helping those that attend to effectively deal with waste plastic in their community. These programs are now available for bookings.  

Turning Waste into Resources... 


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We would like to acknowledge the Gumbayngirr people who are the traditional custodians of this land. We also pay respects to Elders past and present of the Gumbayngirr nation, and we extend that respect to other indigenous people who are present.

Privacy Policy – The Pacific Collective 

This privacy policy sets out how ThePacificCollective.com.au uses and protects any information that you give The Pacific Collective when you use this website. 

ThePacificCollective.com.au is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. 

ThePacificCollective.com.au may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 2017. 

What we collect 

We may collect the following information: 

  • name and job title 
  • contact information including email address 
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests 
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers 

What we do with the information we gather 

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons: 

Internal record keeping. 

We may use the information to improve our products and services. 

We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. 

From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests. 


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. 

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Controlling your personal information 

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways: 

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We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen. 

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to info@thepacificcollective.com.au. 

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information the is incorrect.