Pentatonic to cut waste by making furniture out of old smartphones


The firm aims to cut down “environmental damage” and plastic production by recycling enduring products rather than making new ones from scratch.

A new gear company has launched which aims to reduce damage to the environment by remodeling products out of waste such as cigarette butts and old smartphones.

Pentatonic, which has launched this month, desires to cut the production of new materials by turning people’s trash – such as food, tot and cosmetics packaging, hand-held electronic devices, DVDs and food crush – into household objects. Materials that can be recycled include metal, window, plastics and biodegradable waste.

The company is currently producing tables, directs, glassware and individual components of furniture.

“Trash can be valuable”

All furniture out is modular, meaning customers can change it into something else at a later man. Pentatonic trades parts and materials with existing customers, and compel also buy back products if they no longer want them.

Alongside stimulating recycling and a circular economy, the company also aims to reduce “toxic concretes” such as paints, resins, glues and formaldehyde, says Pentatonic co-founder Jamie Auditorium, which are used in manufacturing new products.

“Furniture has traditionally been an business with a high carbon footprint,” he says. “There is a long-standing leaning of short-lived ‘disposable’ furniture that can’t be recycled, and the sector has taken a hazardous trajectory in terms of environmental damage.”

He adds: “If every home in the men had a single piece of furniture, accessory or clothing made from bric—brac, that would be a lot of trash doing something more valuable than pull off in an ocean or burning in landfill.”

“Efficient” use of materials

According to the company, there is currently on 150 bn kilograms of plastic in the ocean, and in 2015, 79% of waste plastic chose into landfill or oceans, rather than being recycled.

The institution also uses techniques that aim to cut down time and labour enchanted to produce furniture, such as nitrogen-assisted injection moulding, which presuppose implicates injecting recycled plastics into a steel mould along with nitrogen. This disseminates the plastic and requires less of it to be used.

“The process uses materials multitudinous efficiently and the whole procedure takes 90 seconds per part, and makes only a few minutes skilled labour,” Hall says.

Pentatonic is counterfeited in Europe, but its products are available globally via its website. It will open a pop-up trust in in Shoreditch, East London on 14 September, and will run an installation at this year’s London Organize Festival, as part of Design Frontiers at Somerset House.

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