Every year in the UK alone, 300 million kilos of plastic waste are generated, which most municipalities consider to be no longer recyclable. For the most part, these are flexible products such as plastic bags or bubble wrap. The consequence: The waste ends up either on the dump or is simply burned. Both are actually not desirable. The sustainable design studio Gomi has now taken on the problem. The idea there: The alleged disadvantages turn into an advantage. Because the plastic bags are especially difficult to recycle, because the new plastic obtained consists of many different colors. This coloring process can only be partially influenced. For most plastic products, such a recycled material is therefore out of the question. In addition, the recycling process is relatively expensive and expensive.
A new recycling cycle is created
At Gomi, on the other hand, it became a design style of its own. Because the new Bluetooth speaker is held in a kind of colorful marble look, among other things. The special feature: Each piece is unique, because the color varies slightly. The plans of the company also provide that it does not remain with a one-time recycling process. Rather, a cycle should arise. The individual plastic parts of the loudspeakers can therefore be melted down again and processed again. Consequently, customers are also asked to return their old products for free and not just put them in the plastic waste. In January of this year, the company also expanded its product range and has now launched a power bank of supposedly non-recyclable plastic on the market.
At Kickstarter you can buy the products
It was also important to the designers that their products not only look unique, but also convince them of their quality. They worked together for about twelve months with electronics engineers and sound engineers to achieve a particularly good sound. Initially, the project was financed by two start-up loans. There were £ 10,000 from the Environment Now Program and more money from the Santander Big Ideas Competition. In addition, a Kickstarter campaign has now been launched, where the company's own products can be purchased for the first time. Early supporters pay £ 197 for the unique Bluetooth speakers. If that's too expensive, you can buy the power bank for £ 39. For proud 1,500 pounds you can also make a loudspeaker in Brighton itself.