Gomi, a Brighton-based design studio in the UK, produced a portable speaker using flexible plastic waste (LDPE), which is considered irreversible.

Gomi, a Brighton-based design studio in the UK, produced a portable speaker using flexible plastic waste (LDPE), which is considered irreversible.

This material is normally considered to be irreversible by the UK local councils. The project focuses on drawing attention to plastic waste, which now accounts for 85 percent of the pollution on beaches around the world.

Every year, in the UK alone, 300 million tons of flexible plastic go to the trash. The studio’s aim is to bring consumer electronics products made from waste plastics that would normally go to landfill or the ocean.

The speakers are made of 100 percent recyclable plastic and consist of three modular, patterned plastic components. Traditional handcrafted techniques and digital production techniques were combined in the design. Patterns of the speakers were given by hand. So each product has its own aesthetics.

Gomi wants to offer free repairs and free recycling for its products. The speakers are designed to be modular. Thus, it can be easily separated from each other and the plastic components can be melted and reused in future products without losing any material value.


Tom Meades, co-founder of Gomi:

Together with the sound and electronics engineers, we have designed the product to be perfect not only aesthetically but also in terms of sound over the past 12 months. We also work in cooperation with major food companies. These companies have plenty of plastic waste that we use. We also accept plastic waste from homes and local shops. So you are able to get interesting color mixes.

Gomi also launched a funding campaign on February 26, 2019 at the Kickstarter mass funding platform. And when the campaign ended, they had a good amount of investment. In addition to the speaker, the company will produce portable chargers and wireless chargers for smartphones using the same materials.

The company is currently working with 5 supporting companies. In addition, PP and PS type plastics have started to produce with recycling.


Brighton-based sustainable design studio Gomi created award cups for the Berlin Film Festival, using flexible plastic waste that cannot normally be recycled by local councils in the UK. Each cup consists of approximately 200 kg of flexible plastic waste, and each cup weighs about 1.2 kg. The UK is currently incinerating these plastic wastes domestically and exporting them to Europe as waste source fuels.

The stamp-shaped trophy was made with the hope of conveying the message behind the message Leave your Trace of the Berlin Film Festival. The Berlin Film Festival organizes film festivals every year to celebrate and honor young and established filmmakers with crafts.

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