A waste solution project by Taiwanese company Miniwiz, that turns waste plastic bottles into tiles, has been nominated in the UK-based Beazley Designs of the Year 2018.
"Trashpresso," the world's first mobile plastics and fabric waste recycling plant, was nominated in the product design category, and is one of 87 nominated projects across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design categories.
A combination of the words "trash" and "espresso," the project was designed to tackle waste by creating a mobile, automated, and self-powered industrial grade recycling platform, explained Miniwiz founder Arthur Huang (???).
Trashpresso is housed in a 12-meter container platform that can be esily moved to different locations. Unlike existing recycling systems the plant runs on solar power, making it also deployable off-grid, Huang said.
Once in position, Trashpresso can collect plastic trash and wash, shred, melt and mold it through an automated process until it becomes hexagonal architectural tiles.
It is hoped that the project will make circular economy manufacturing portable, according to Miniwiz.
Huang said on average, five plastic bottles, or 50 bottle caps are turned into one tile, and it takes about an hour to transform 50 kilograms of plastic waste into useful materials.
Huang told CNA that he believes Taiwan is advanced at processing waste and has an advantage in promoting environmental- friendly policies because it has great technology and local talent.
Where Taiwan needs to improve is in promoting its achievements on plastic waste to the global community, Huang said, adding that he hoped this project will help achieve that goal.
The Miniwiz story was also featured in the latest issue of UK magazine, The Economist, in which the company was described as "deriving value from physically repurposing old rubbish."
The Economist also recognized Taiwan's efforts at dealing with waste, saying: "The island is a poster child for recycling, recovering 52% of rubbish collected from households and commerce, as well as 77% of industrial waste, rivaling rates achieved by South Korea, Germany and other top recycling nations (America recycles 26% and 44% respectively)."
Taiwan has even turned the trash businesses into good businesses, according to the magazine.
Taiwan's recycling industry brings in annual revenue of more than US$2 billion, the magazine said, citing the country's environmental Minister Lee Ying-yuan (???) as saying that 16 of the 32 teams competing at this year's football World Cup in Russia sported shirts made in Taiwan from fiber derived from recycled plastic.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel