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Wednesday 15 May 2024

Gomi Co-Founder & University Of Brighton Alumni Invites Public To Transform Old Supermarket Bags Into Power Banks

In the Supermarket Sweep initiative, gomi, makers of the award-winning gomi speaker, will invite the public to watch as waste supermarket plastic bags they've found on Brighton's streets and beach are transformed in front of their eyes.

The recycling process will be live at the company's studios in the North Laine area of Brighton on Friday 17th May and the resulting limited series of power banks made on the day will be available to purchase.

Tom, gomi Co-founder and Chief Design Officer said: 

"Using waste materials in our design projects has always been an obvious choice to us. We live in a society abundant with waste, the challenge has been creating a process with my co-founders that can beautify this waste plastic material to make it a desirable alternative to the raw virgin plastic we use normally. 

"To celebrate Brighton Festival, we thought what better way to showcase what we do, than to invite the public into our studio, taking waste off the streets and turning it into power banks right in the centre of Brighton."

The brand is most well-known for its sustainability-led consumer electronics products such as the gomi speaker, a home Bluetooth speaker system first designed while Tom was a studying BA(Hons) 3D Design and Craft at the University, and the gomi power bank (a portable battery pack), both of which are powered by repurposed e-bike batteries.

All of gomi's products are made in the North Laine area of Brighton, using waste materials deemed 'non-recyclable' by councils around the UK. 

Despite rising consumer awareness, corporate attention and regulation, there is more single-use virgin plastic than ever before. 

Flexible plastic (LDPE) such as bubble wrap, food packaging and plastic bags account for 290,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year. 

Not currently recycled by councils in the UK, the flexible plastic waste is destined for landfill. Products are 'repairable for life', made modularly for simple easy repairs should they need fixing.

The public are invited to bring their plastic bags to the gomi studios at 45 Gloucester Street, Brighton, BN1 4EW on Friday 17th May, 2024 between 12:00-19:00. No booking required,

by: Mike Cobley



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