Precious Plastic - Dubai Chapter

Dubai, UAE

A worldwide online group called Precious Plastic works to shift people's perceptions about plastic and encourages them to see it as a precious resource that can be used to make new items rather than as garbage. Precious Plastic Dubai Chapter has been a member of the community since 2017.




Plastic upcycling/recycling




Al Thamam, Remraam, Dubai



+971 50 926 9545


Hernan Torres | Director of the Dubai Chapter

Production details

At Precious Plastic, we enjoy trying new things. We process plastic that we get from nature cleanups and small-scale plastic collecting, primarily from friends and family. We work with following types of clean plastic: #2 HDPE (Milk jugs, water and juice lids, cleaning products, shampoo bottles) #4 LDPE #5 PP (Consumables, yogurt containers, cleaning products, car bumpers, take away containers. After we acquire the plastic, we examine the little number encased in the triangle beneath the object to establish the type of plastic it is, then we sort the plastic by type and color. Once it has been sorted, it is shredded, melted, and then injected into metallic molds. The shredder and the injection machine were both locally constructed. As an alternative, we test melting and molding the plastic using basic tools and equipment (a countertop oven and silicon molds).We are currently planning to purchase a new machine in the near future that will enable us to produce plastic sheets (100 x 100 cm and 1, 2, and 3 cm height).With this gorgeous marble appearance sheets, we intend to make furniture and decor items.

Turnaround Time
Project Dependent
File Types
Minimum Order
Project Dependent
Production Access
By Appointment: Access to visit the facitilies depending on the project and Workshop & Classes
Works With
  • Small companies
  • Professionals
  • General public
  • Students
  • Bespoke 1-offs
  • Sample production
  • Prototypes
  • Short run
  • Medium run
  • Large run


Hernan was born in Mexico and has lived in Dubai since 2012. He is an avid environmentalist and works as a flight attendant full-time. While visiting the world, one thing was discovered to be present practically everywhere: plastic pollution of the environment. Hernan joined the precious plastic community in 2017 in an effort to help stop this issue, and despite not having any engineering training, he built the two machines that are currently in use with assistance from locals. Hernán has been running workshops ever since he joined the group to spread awareness and provide an alternative to the negative connotations associated with plastic. Hernan is always seeking for chances to work with regional craftsmen and artists.