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Pentatonic turns smartphones, cans and cigarette butts into furniture


The newly established company Pentatonic aims to "radically transform the culture of consumption " with a range of furniture and products, materials consisting of food, electricity, plastic and textile waste.

Led by Jamie Hall and Johann Boedecker , the company works with an injection-molding process that is adapted to transform waste into everyday household appliances.

During this year's London Design Festival , the first collection of specially crafted flat unfilled furniture (all made entirely from recycled materials) will be on display.

When considering furniture making, the characteristics of the types of garbage to be used are determined: Typical examples include smartphones , cans and cigarette butts .

During the production phase, employees say, "We determined what performance we should get from which product. We selected the garbage based on its characteristics and application possibilities, and then we will apply this technology using a series of precise manufacturing processes."

With plastic, a new material is created that is ready to be turned into furniture by washing and sorting before it is separated into waste particles.

Chairs and tables are designed to be assembled without tools - so the parts themselves help build each part. This means minimizing health hazards such as toxic adhesives or resins during the manufacturing phase and eliminates their necessity.

With their new initiative, Hall and Boedecker hope to " reshape the furniture industry " by showing how products can be made from largely recycled materials.

According to Hall and Dezeen , "People are more conscious than ever about the responsibilities we have to take for the health of our planet" and "It is realized that big products don't have to come at the expense of sustainability."

"We see every day that our civilization we have established cannot solve our problems in the near future; we must solve the issue on our own and consider our purchasing decisions more carefully."

The company offers a " circular economy " system, where customers can sell parts of their furniture back to Pentatonic so they can be recycled and reintroduced into the supply chain.

“We are trying to radically transform consumer culture with Pentatonic ,” said Hall. "We have a circular model - a new design model, which we use to turn our products into new products by buying them back from our consumers."

According to the Telegraph publication, the company raised £ 4.3 million prior to its launch. Investors include Miniwiz , a Taiwan and Berlin -based studio working to find new uses for waste and reduce the impact of materials on the environment.

Other supporters include the vice president of a Chinese technology investor and a German environmental lawyer.

Pentatonic will exhibit its first collection at the Design Frontiers exhibition at this year's London Design Festival , which will take place between 16-24 September 2017 in the British capital.

Recycling will be a big trend throughout the festivel as many designers are now exploring more environmentally friendly production methods, using materials ranging from mushrooms to red algae.

Hall and Boedecker now believe it is time to demonstrate that sustainability can be used widely and properly applied to mass markets. And they add:

"As wind power and solar power have become more efficient in the last few years, the applicability of many technologies on a large scale must also be proven."

" Recycling and circular manufacturing have developed rapidly in recent years and now we are at a point where we can not only compete with traditionally produced products, but also offer superior performance."

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