Gomi Speaker: The Portable Speaker Made from Plastic Waste

People are becoming increasingly environmentally aware thanks to improvements in education about environmental issues. There are many ways in which people can reduce their negative impact on the environment, such as walking more than driving or choosing a more environmentally-friendly fuel. Many people are also making more effort to recycle their household waste and to buy products made from recycled materials.

While recycled paper, packaging, and carrier bags have been available for some time now, the uses of recycled materials are growing. Scientists, engineers, and designers are constantly finding new ways to use recycled materials in innovative ways. The applications for these are almost endless with everything from clothes to furniture now available. Recycled products are even used to create technological gadgets now, so you can live a modern lifestyle using innovative gadgets while keeping the impact you have on the environment to a minimum. One of the latest companies to enter the market for gadgets made from recycled goods is Gomi, and this company has developed an aesthetically pleasing speaker made from recycled plastics.

Based in Brighton, England, Gomi has found an innovative way to recycle plastic waste that local councils in the United Kingdom cannot usually recycle. The company was able to kickstart their project thanks to the £10,000 they won from the Environment Now Programme. The aim of the company is to create consumer electronic products using waste materials that would otherwise go to a landfill site. Their first offering is the Early Bird Gomi Speaker and for every speaker bought, there is one kilogram of waste plastic that is diverted from entering the landfill. The flexible plastics are not usually recycled, so creating a speaker is a fantastic way of saving the planet.

The features of the product include one full-range driver, one Tweeter, Bluetooth 4.0, and a battery life of 18 hours. These minimalist speakers have only one button and the dome Tweeter has an 8.0hm frequency response. Each portable speaker comes with a charging cable. The designers have worked alongside award-winning sound engineers, so they have exceptional sound quality.

Although the general design of all the speakers remains the same, each one is unique in terms of its finish. This is because it depends on the plastics used to create each speaker. There are three color options for customers to choose between, including city, jungle, and ocean. The city is predominantly gray, while the jungle is mostly green and the ocean is mainly blue. However, the pattern of the speakers will differ from one to the next as the plastics melt and swirl together during the recycling process.

Gomi has taken advantage of the unique designs of the speakers by offering customers to have a custom speaker created. They are offering workshops for four people at a time to go to their design studio, select their waste, have lessons on the recycling process, and then marble their own speaker design. There is also the option to buy a portable charger that you can use with your speaker. The color options for these are city or ocean. The 2000mAh lithium-ion battery has enough power to charge tour mobile phone five times and your iPad two or three times using the cable that is included.

The chargers are suitable for use with smartphones, smartwatches, portable handheld gaming devices, tablets, portable headsets, and digital cameras. They offer high-speed charging as they are equipped with QC 3.0 output and this takes only 45 minutes to fully charge your device. There are four connection options for this charger, so you can use it with almost any device. Currently, Gomi is a small business that is run by just three people. The three founders are each responsible for different aspects of the company. They are involved with the creation of their products at every level and they even making each speaker by hand.

It is a relatively new company as the concept for creating consumer technology products using recycled materials was only developed in 2017 and their prototype was not built until 2018. Production of the speakers began in early 2019, and the products are not available to customers until just before Christmas 2019. However, Gomi is taking pre-orders of the speakers.


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