ENVISION HANDS COLLECTION UPDATES

JANUARY 17TH 2020

Hi Jess

Thank you very much for your email.

Firstly, I will just let know we have now removed all collection points from our website as we have received so many. We have sent out an email about this last year, but just in case you missed it, we are now working on the transport and storage of caps from collection points as we believe we have up to 10 million across Australia waiting for us.

We will be advising each state of their collection process as soon as we can, and ask that you please advise your community to no longer collect any lids for Envision. The plan is for major cities to have collection depots for everyone to take their final collections, which will then be delivered to our Victorian sites for processing. We will put these notices out via Facebook so everyone can see them, and will also email collection points about this.

If you’re looking for other ways to recycle caps, day cares, kindergartens and art groups may accept them for craft activities. We do also recommend checking with your local council to see if they have any plans for caps, and to see whether or not they can just be placed in your regular recycle bin as all councils do have different rules and guidelines. Lids4Kids were collecting caps for us, and are continuing to collect for other ventures, however you will need to double check with them to see if they are continuing to collect in your area –  you can find them by going to their Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/534154670454913/ or emailing info@lids4kids.com.au with your name, contact number, where you’re located and whether you’re a business or private.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kind regards

Roisin Carnie
On behalf of Sean Teer

 

JANUARY 13TH 2020 –on this occasion we have contacted Envision for an update.

Good Morning Envision Hands,
We were seeking an update following the close of the Lids4Kids Project, we have a large number of bottle caps stored in our small rural store at the moment and are wondering what is in the pipeline as far as transport is concerned? We have also been notified that our local Containers for Change collection point has 3 to 4 large bags of lids that they would like us to pass along as well. If you could please contact us as soon as is convenient, we would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you;
Jess Porter

 

DECEMBER 18TH 2019

COLLECTION POINT UPDATE

The Envision plastic bottle top collection across Australia has been quite incredible with many millions of tops collected – a big thank you to all those involved.  In Victoria alone we are above 5,000,000 tops sitting at our sites while we believe there could be up to another 10,000,000 collected across the rest of Australia to come in.
 
We now need to stop collecting further bottle tops so we can continue to concentrate on the transportation and processing of the enormous number of tops that have already been collected across Australia. 
 
We have already received support from some transport companies with a view to bringing the tops back to Victoria over the coming months, so please keep an eye out in the new year for any email updates surrounding this.

We will be removing all collection points from the website and ask you to please let everyone know that you will no longer be collecting. 
 
Thank you again for all the effort gone to and support given to help us with this project. 
 
Have a fantastic Christmas, New Year and holiday break.

Please note all Envision sites are closed between December 20-January 6 for our Christmas break. We will be looking at collecting caps after we return. You will need to please speak to your local council regarding recycling your future caps as we do not want them to go to waste.

 

DECEMBER 13TH 2019

A message to our collection points –
 
We would like to thank all those supporters of Envision Hands who have been assisting this project since it commenced 18 months ago as a small environmental education program in Werribee. We had previously been using other forms of plastic to make mobility aids and other recycled items for children and the community, and we shifted our focus to recycling bottle caps (HDPE and LDPE plastic).
 
The first phase of the Envision Hands project was bottle cap collection. Our target was to collect 1,000,000 bottle caps. Phase one was hugely successful. We have vastly exceeded our target, with the collection of over 5,000,000 bottle caps in Victoria and another 10,000,000 collected interstate. These bottle caps will be transported to our sites in Victoria in early 2020.
 
Phase Two of the project was to use the bottle caps to create children’s mobility aids. Our initial research and development into Phase Two was promising. However, there have been complications in the production and quality assurance stages of Phase Two.
 
Our team has been working tirelessly to troubleshoot these problems and achieve the vision that we all want to see come to life. For the past several months, much effort has gone in to reformatting the design, production and reconfiguration of HDPE and LDPE plastic. Despite our best efforts, the children’s mobility aids that we have produced from recycled bottle caps have not met our internal quality standards. Regrettably, Phase Two of the project will cease, and we will no longer seek support for the Envision Hands project. 

Whilst Envision will no longer be making mobility aids from recycled bottle caps, there are a number of other organisations providing high-quality mobility aids made from other forms of plastic, who continue to provide excellent service to those in need in the community.
 
Envision has been overwhelmed by the support we have received for the Envision Hands project, and we do not want to see your support and effort go to waste. Therefore, we are now working on utilising the recycled bottle caps to make a range of items that can benefit children and our community, including:
 
– Buddy Benches for schools, parks, churches and community organisations;
– Small tables and stools for playgroups, kindergartens, pre-schools and other children’s groups;
– Bricks for community gardens;
– Equipment for schools and kindergartens;
– Environmental and household items.
 
Envision has always, and will continue to, work hard to support both local and overseas communities. Some of the work that we have been involved with over the last four years has involved recycling, restoring and reworking a variety of products to assist people in need. Our previous projects include:
 
– Rescuing and restoring bikes that are have been donated to Rotary for distribution to children in East Timor.
– Restoring and upgrading large numbers of computers to be distributed by Rotary to schools in East Timor.
– Producing baby clothing and hygiene packs for Friends of Girls for distribution into India, the New Guinea Central Highlands and Pacific Islands.
Domestically, we provide:
– Clothing and bags for Backpacks for Kids to be distributed to children aged 0-17 years entering out-of-home care and emergency accommodation in Victoria.
– Bicycles to schools for distribution to students in need.
– Food parcels for distribution to people experiencing homelessness.
– Animal shelters for Aware Wildlife, and a range of other projects of benefit to the wider community.

Envision has been working in plastic recycling since 2017, with a view to promoting the benefits of recycling to the local community. We will continue to work hard and overcome hurdles in the use of recycled materials.
 
Our sites will continue to remain open to those who would like to visit, including our Thomastown and Werribee sites where people can view some of the mobility aids that we have completed plus the other exciting work we are continuing to do with recycled plastic and other products.

Please also know that we are currently working hard on transport and storage solutions for all our collection points. 

If you have any questions or require any furhter information, please email customer.service@envisionemployment.com.au

We wish to thank all of our supporters for your ongoing faith and support in Envision.

 

SEPTEMBER 19TH 2019

To all our wonderful collection points,
 
Phase 1 has been completed with over 3 million tops collected locally and another 2 million tops expected to come in over the next few weeks.
 
Wow!  This has been some effort and we cannot thank you all enough for your massive commitment and contribution to the Envision Hands project. 
 
Now that we have met this goal we need to look forward and move towards Phase 2, which involves speeding up the manufacture of hands from all the lids collected so far. Given the huge numbers of lids already collected it will take us some time to use them all so we would appreciate, for the time being, if you could hold off from forwarding more tops. We will contact you once we have made inroads into the current stockpile.
 
We encourage you to ask collectors to wait until they have a garbage bag’s worth at home/work until bringing them in. Most people would be able to find a spot for them somewhere at home and it will take some time to get that many tops.
 
This is an exciting time as we move to further speed up the processing of bottle tops into hands.  Because of your generosity we are also looking at developing other products that will assist disadvantaged people both in Australia and overseas.
 
You can still find us at https://www.facebook.com/EnvisionESI/ or on our website https://envision.org.au.

We also have a Go Fund Me https://au.gofundme.com/f/envision-hands where we have been fundraising to process all the tops coming in.

We are looking forward to taking the next step in recycling these plastic tops! We hope that you will continue to follow us and support us as we move forward in our mission.

If you have any questions, concerns or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you again,

Envision Hands.