Making Great Products from Recycled Plastics by Tammy Ven Dange (part 1)
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01:30 Why Tammy launched The Refoundry to help Mother Nature by making great products from recycled plastics

07:00 Leaving a job as the CEO of an animal welfare charity, paddling across 5 continents to witness plastic pollution everywhere and taking action to tackle the problem

09:30 From organizing rubbish collection near Canberra to the idea of manufacturing recycled plastic

11:30 A senior position in a small town and the challenge of recreating the public identity

14:30 High capital investment to make molds and prototypes

16:00 “Stray no more” crowdfunding campaign to raise fund, to market and test the products

19:00 Learnings from the crowdfunding campaign

22:00 Shifting to make another product



  1. The plastic pollution problem is visible on the 5 continents 
  2. Creating products using recycled plastic is one way to tackle the plastic pollution problem
  3. A recycled plastic product needs to be useful if not, it will just end up in the landfill quickly. The key is to design an innovative product that solves a problem
  4. Injection plastic molding and prototyping requires high capital investment
  5. Creating the right momentum is key to a successful crowdfunding campaign


CONNECT with Tammy:

To find out more about Tammy Ven Dange:

To find out more about The Refoundry:

Tammy’s podcast: Plastics Revolution

Connect with Tammy on socials @tvendange

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