Pentatonic to cut waste by making furniture out of old smartphones

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

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

Pentatonic, which has began this month, aims to cut the production of new materials by turning people’s offscourings – such as food, drink and cosmetics packaging, hand-held electronic implements, DVDs and food waste – into household objects. Materials that can be recycled cover metal, glass, plastics and biodegradable waste.

The company is currently propagating tables, chairs, glassware and individual components of furniture.

“Trash can be valuable”

All tack produced is modular, meaning customers can change it into something else at a later date. Pentatonic trades forgoes and materials with existing customers, and will also buy back goods if they no longer want them.

Alongside promoting recycling and a redundant economy, the company also aims to reduce “toxic materials” such as brushes, resins, glues and formaldehyde, says Pentatonic co-founder Jamie Amphitheatre, which are used in manufacturing new products.

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

He adds: “If every home in the rapturous had a single piece of furniture, accessory or clothing made from junk, that would be a lot of trash doing something more valuable than floating in an the depths or burning in landfill.”

“Efficient” use of materials

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

The company also uses lines that aim to cut down time and labour taken to produce furniture, such as nitrogen-assisted injection die, which involves injecting recycled plastics into a steel model along with nitrogen. This disperses the plastic and requires paltry of it to be used.

“The process uses materials more efficiently and the whole stem from takes 90 seconds per part, and requires only a few minutes skilled undertaking,” Hall says.

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

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