Brighton-based sustainable design studio Gomi has created an environmentally-friendly portable charger made from 100% non-recyclable plastic waste, with 100% of the power coming from repurposed batteries saved from otherwise going to landfill.
‘Battery waste is a growing issue worldwide, currently over 3 billion batteries are produced every year with no real way to recycle or reuse them in commercial products.’ says Tom Meades, designer and manager at Gomi. ‘We tap into these waste streams and transform them from a pollutant waste into high-powered everyday portable chargers.’
Gomi works closely with food wholesalers in Sussex, to recycle all of the plastic packaging waste – intercepting it before it is sent to incineration or landfill. The studio also accepts plastic waste from local households and businesses. They are also offering a free return service to ensure the chargers are fully recycled at the end of life; Gomi can simply remelt the plastic down to make new products from.
“We understand that these are super difficult times for everyone in all corners of the world, and hard-hitting for those working in the creative industries. As a small business ourselves, this has also hit hard. We considered postponing the release of the new chargers, but after much deliberation, we decided that releasing a product that helps save the planet, is a positive story that might help put a smile back on people’s faces.” Tom Meades, designer and manager at Gomi