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Mobile And Solar-Powered Recycling Plant Turns Trash Into Tiles

By Aimee Lutkin

Furniture and design company Pentatonic revealed their innovative creation, the Trashpresso, at the London Design Festival this week, setting it up in the courtyard of the historic Somerset House in Central London, according to Inhabitat. The name makes it sound like the Trashpresso turns garbage into espresso, but it is actually even more useful than that. The mobile technology is a solar-powered mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles.

Pentatonic is committed to using materials for their products that have some element of recycling involved. They don't use raw goods that create excess waste. They also want whatever they make to be reusable too, so they don't use glues, resins, paints, or formaldehydes to create their work. Thus everything in their studio can be safely recycled. Co-founder Johann Bodecker says this is an ethos that informs all decisions at the company.

“Our non-negotiable commitment to the consumer is that we make our products using single materials. That means no toxic additives and no hybridized materials which are prohibitive of recyclability,” said Bodecker.