Work with HDPE and make a recycled pen

This How-to aims to be the ultimate guide to HDPE and then teach you how to make a recycled pen out of it.

The recycled plastic pen is a nifty writing tool with an eco-twist. Crafted from repurposed plastic materials, it's a colorful way to jot down your thoughts while giving a second chance to discarded plastics. It's a small but impactful step toward a greener planet, proving that even everyday items can make a big difference.


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Step 1 - Tools needed

For the plastic melting:

  • Flat plate panini press

  • Teflon baking sheets

  • Silicone oven mitts

  • Weighing scales -> optional, but good to have

For the mould making:

  • Drill

  • Saw

For the pen making

  • Clamps

  • Lathe

  • Turning chisel

  • Drill

Step 2 - Learn how to work with HDPE and make your pen!

The goal of this video is to teach you how to work with HDPE and then teach you how to make your recycled pen.

The video is divided in 3 chapters:

  1. Materials

  2. Equipment

  3. Making the pen

Step 3 - Outcome

Creating a recycled plastic pen isn't just about scribbles – it's a mini victory for the environment! These pens give a new life to old plastics, helping to cut down on waste.

So, when you jot down your next brilliant idea with one of these pens, you're not just putting ink on paper – you're also giving a high-five to the planet!

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