With a wave of fond memories, I stumbled upon news this weekend about an uncommon plastic recycling task in Japan.
Like my pals in the 1960s, I invested part of my youth gluing together plastic toy designs from business like Revell, Monogram, and Aurora and others. My favorite was the Seaview submarine from the television series “Trip to the Bottom of the Sea”. A fundamental part of the procedure was separating the pieces of the design from the remainder of the plastic I discovered called sprue cards or runners, the thin, interconnected plastic rods that hold the pieces together.
An uncommon task by Bandai Spirits is recycling the runners on a big scale: as a huge Gundam head sculpture. According to a post released on Screen Tirade, “The Gunpla Recycling Job is a toy recycling occasion hosted by toy maker Bandai Namco on November 20th and 21st. 6 months prior to the occasion, Gundam’s moms and dad business asked fans to drop their blank sprue cards in designated boxes that were established throughout Japan. These sprue cards were then utilized to develop a 1: 1 scale Gundam head, with the rest left over from other artists at the occasion. “A fast Google search exposed that the majority of design packages like this one were made from injection molded polystyrene (PS) exist.
The YouTube video by Bandai Namco that was launched on November 25 and is embedded here rapidly gathered more than 200 likes, consisting of mine.
This is simply a start. Another outlet reported that every Namco shop in Japan will have a recycling box so the plastic can be sent out to a main area and recycled through advanced (chemical) recycling. It is anticipated that “in one year 10 lots of plastic will be recycled”.
It likewise reveals the ongoing efforts of toy business that have actually rallied for sustainability, such as the recycled bricks from Lego.
I have not been as passionate about design structure because episode among the James May’s Toy Stories series, when his group produced and put together a 1: 1 scale fighter aircraft out of molded plastic total with a May design in the cockpit of the life-size figure Airfix Spitfire.