Plastic waste pollutes beaches around the world, and every year the UK alone throws away millions of kilos of flexible plastics. Flexible plastic consists of plastic bags, bubble wrap and pallet wrap, that are not all accepted by councils for recycling in the UK.

“We are inspired by the cradle-to-cradle design process, thinking about our product’s full-lifecycle right from the beginning of our design process. With our bluetooth speakers, we want to intercept a waste stream that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated.

“Flexible plastic such as LDPE is widely regarded as non-recyclable by UK councils. We thought it would be the perfect material to harness and show that through innovative design it can be valuable, and does not have to end up as waste, polluting our environment. Instead, we can craft this material into desirable objects,” says Tom Meades, founder of Gomi.

The speakers are made from three modular marbled-plastic components, using traditional craft techniques and digital fabrication. They are hand-marbled, which means every product has its own individual aesthetic. Each speaker is created from the equivalent of one hundred plastic bags.

Gomi is aiming to offer free repairs and a free return policy for recycling. The speakers are designed to be modular, so they can be separated easily. The plastic components can easily be remelted into new components for future products, without losing any material value. Gomi launched a 500-limited-edition run of speakers on Kickstarter on 26th February.

“Our components are made from 100% non-recyclable plastic. We’ve worked with audio professionals and electronics engineers to make sure the product is not only aesthetically desirable, but also sounds great. We’ve also paired up with major food wholesalers in Sussex, who have vast amounts of this specific plastic waste. We are also accepting plastic waste from households and local stores, to collect an interesting mix of colours between the waste streams.

“We are currently looking at new ways we can increase our storage capacity, and scale-up our production process to intercept more waste, and we hope to use the Kickstarter funds to achieve this,” says Meades.

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