Anyone that’s keeping track of all the ways the average consumer should start spending and living smarter will know that plastics are a huge detriment to the environment and animal life, but also eventually to people.
That being said, most plastics being singled out as the worst offenders are single-use plastics like straws or packaging for food, and those can be recycled – which is great. However, there are flexible plastics (LDPE) like bubble wrap, pallet wrapping, etc, that many regulatory bodies consider non-recyclable. The issue with non-recyclable plastics is that they’re more likely to do long-term harm to the environment.
Luckily, innovative start-ups like the UK’s Gomi has a plan to repurpose those non-recyclable plastics so that they aren’t destroying the environment. Their model uses non-recyclable plastic to build Bluetooth speakers.
They take the bubble wrap or plastic bags and melt them into a liquid that then gets compressed and set in the shape of their speaker housing case. In keeping with their green design philosophy, they even use recycled denim to function as the sound insulation, so they’re contributing to multiple recycling chains simultaneously.
They’ve collaborated with audio and electronic engineers to make sure their speakers don’t only look good and help the environment, but are also great to listen to. A combination of traditional and digital craft techniques are used to utilise more non-recyclable plastic for other functional components, too – and the speaker is good for up to 18 hours of continuous listening.
They’ve partnered with a host of retailers in Sussex, England, who have large stores of non-recyclable plastics and other plastic waste for them to use in their manufacturing process. Their speaker is available now for £195 (roughly R3,800) here at their website – check them out if you want to keep harmful plastics out of landfills and bump some tunes at the same time!