Each tab is a tiny reusable thumb drive. GIGS.2.GO is made from low-cost moulded paper pulp, created from 100% post-consumer recycled paper – challenging assumptions that small tech products need to have oil-based plastic enclosures.
The designer, Kurt Rampton, claims it is renewable, biodegradable, lightweight, cheap and durable enough to ensure that each tab should last for many uses.
Rampton, from the industrial design firm BOLTgroup, explains how the idea for the concept was born.
“This concept was inspired by our designers frequently running into problems sharing presentation and CAD files with clients. Because clients often have firewalls, or might not be tech savvy, cloud sharing isn’t always the best option,” he explains.
“Burning CDs is slow and impractical, and nobody wants to leave behind their trusty – and expensive – 32GB thumb drive. We saw a need for a smaller pack of drives that could be shared and even left behind with a client.”
BOLTgroup had been using moulded paper pulp in packaging projects for a while and were impressed with the low cost and design flexibility. “We also liked that it was a renewable, biodegradable material that could be made entirely from post-consumer recycled paper,” says Rampton.
“This seemed like a great opportunity to up-cycle the material into a ‘tech’ product enclosure. The ability to perforate and tear the material lends itself to the tear-off-tab concept. And it is easy to disassemble the product at the end of its useful life, separating the organic and technical parts.”
Rampton intends the drives to be reusable, as he says the paper pulp enclosure is quite durable and should protect the drive for many uses.