If we consider our future, with all the plastic bags we’ve created, things look pretty bleak. But Gomi has arrived on the scene to give non-recyclable plastic waste a new life… as Bluetooth speakers! And they make us wonder: how could our “waste” actually be a useful resource?

As the world is slowly being forced to reckon with all the waste we are creating, plastic bags seem to be the most visible sign of our irresponsible past. There’s just so many of them and they’re going to be around for thousands of years unless we get creative!

So, what if instead of being sad about this, we began looking at the problem a bit differently? Isn’t anything a “resource” if there is a surplus of it and we can use in a new way?

When people have the courage to test their ideas and see—as Gomi did—it turns out that even plastic bags can be something worth reinvesting in.

Image: Gomi Designs speaker in bright multicolors on a bookshelf

Courtesy of  Gomi

“Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.” — Tom Freston

Since this article is publishing on the last day of our #ConspiracyofGoodness month all about litter, it seemed only fitting that we highlight the efforts of this company!

With their goal to stop plastic waste from taking a further toll on the planet—getting incinerated or lost in a landfill—Gomi Designs has created a way to make use of it in the tech world!

So, how exactly does a plastic bag turn into a speaker?

This great short video from Tech Insider gives us a look into the innovative ways of Gomi!

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And explore more of what Gomi is up to by visiting their website, and giving them a follow on Facebook or Instagram! Their press release has some wonderful information if you’d like to dive in further.

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If we put our creative and innovative minds to it, we can come up with so many ways to repurpose the litter left around the world.

Explore how others are giving discarded materials a new life!

In the following three articles, you’ll find people turning waste materials into a variety of new, dynamic innovations. From giant trolls made out of waste wood to houses built out of plastic bottles and runoff from abandoned mines turned into paints, there’s a lot here to explore. Have fun!

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Trolls We Can All Come to Love!

What if we slowed our impulse to create new "stuff", and instead, focused on using what we already have in excess? Take trash for example. Is there endless potential in the things we are discarding? Here's is someone who is pointing to possibility in a wondrous way!

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A Village Made of Plastic

What might happen if we placed more focus on the idea of inventing ever more creative and practical uses for what's already been made? Why keep making more "stuff"? There's something popping up in Panama that can inspire us all!

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13 minutes

Saving Rivers by Turning Toxins Into Art!

How can painting with toxic sludge save rivers? Two professors at Ohio University are teaming up to combine art and science to conserve and protect polluted waterways!

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Who knows what else will pop up from innovative minds around the world!

Stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”— Albert Einstein 

How have you seen “waste” reused before?

Tires and old bathtubs as gardens? Old pieces of cutlery as jewelry? Share your stories with us! Tag Ever Widening Circles in your post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. #itsstillanamazingworld

Notes:

  1. Tech Insider. “How Nonrecyclable Plastic Bags Are Being Turned Into Speakers.” YouTube, Tech Insider, 3 May 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=-shSLvLOsoQ. Accessed 23 May 2019.

Sam Burns

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Sam is a listener, creator, collector of knick-knacks and lover of most, if not all, types of cheese.