Technical briefs - manufacturing

Manufacturing on a small-scale is an important livelihood for many people in the developing world. Businesses are usually run by a family or a small group within the same community.

Recycling plastics

The benefits of recycling; comparing properties of different plastics that can be recycled; details of the recycling process, and case studies of successful recycling businesses.

Paper based technologies

Equipment and techniques needed to make paper based products with instructions on how to make a child's chair.

Dyeing textiles

The properties of natural dyes and the different methods of dying including vat dying and batik.

Rubber recycling

Different types of rubber and their uses together with the benefits of reusing or reclaiming rubber and examples of successful businesses that do that in the developing world.

For more technical briefs on manufacturing and processing please visit Practical Action's main website.  Access if free but you will be required to register.

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