Queensland hairdresser turns plastic waste into 3D-printed prosthetic limbs | ABC News

Queensland hairdresser turns plastic waste into 3D-printed prosthetic limbs | ABC News
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What if your old shampoo bottles could not only avoid ending up in landfill but benefit a child born without a limb?

Retired hairdresser Bernie Craven is collecting waste from 38 salons in Gympie and the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland, turning bottles into plastic filament, and using 3D printing to create prosthetic limbs.

Twelve-year-old Haley Wright and 11-year-old Connor Wyvill will be the first children in Australia to benefit from Mr Craven’s new company, Waste Free Systems, at a considerable saving over the $20,000 a conventional prosthetic could cost.

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