by Gail McCulloch
Rotary Club of Attadale
At the Club meeting on Monday, 7th May, Attadale Rotary Club President Colin McCulloch welcomed the Guest Speaker for the evening Darren Lomman and his assistant Chloe Atkins as well as guests Ann Kennedy and Benjamin Khoo.
Darren Lomman was introduced by Rotarian John Sharp who said that Darren was the founder of Dreamfit which makes dreams possible for people with disabilities through innovative equipment and product solutions. Darren has now moved on to another project that resulted from him hearing on television 'that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish'. This so shocked Darren that he did his own research and found the statement was actually backed by international research. This led him to look at the recycling system he had grown up with in Perth. To his amazement he was unable to find a single waste plastic reprocessing facility. Instead, he found that most of our plastic bottles placed in recycling bins were being sold on the international market. This resulted in Darren establishing a new social enterprise in 2017, Greenbatch. He plans to build WA's first waste plastic processing facility in Shenton Park. The first product planned is 3D plastic filament made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic beverage bottles, that are marked with the number 1 on the packaging. 3D printing is being used all around the world over a wide range of products and industries. Schools are now getting into using 3D printers. Greenbatch is partnering with schools which will have collection bins at the school. The bottles will be collected, taken to the factory, turned into the 3D printer filament and then given back to the schools. Darren has received numerous accolades and awards, including Young Australian of the Year WA and Australian Young Biomedical Engineer of the Year, to name just two. Darren was a very interesting and enthusiastic speaker, informing everyone of a way to overcome a massive, worldwide problem. To learn more visit the GreenBatch Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com>thegreenbatch or their website on https://www.greenbatch.com
Darren Lomman is pictured with his assistant Chloe Atkins and Attadale Rotarian John Sharp, Guest Benjamin Khoo with Attadale Rotarian Jeff Spickett and Club President Colin McCulloch with Guest Ann Kennedy and Rotarian Winston Marsh. Also pictured is Attadale Rotarian Gillian Bakersurrounded by raffle prizes at the Club Movie Fundraiser at the Cygnet Theatre on Sunday May 6th. Congratulations Gillian for all your hard work and achieving such a successful result.