This company is eco-conscious with their materials and their practices.
Plastic pollution is worsening by the year, with estimates from 2016 stating that humans bought nearly 500 billion single-use plastic bottles last year, about 1.2 million every minute. So many items are made out of plastic these days that it’s easy to forget how much we consume and throw away, but one company that hasn’t forgotten is Pentatonic. The new furniture company is not only conscious of the trash that humans produce, but uses the recyclable remnants to build their products.
“We’re turning problems into opportunities; landfill into lifestyle; trash into treasure,” it says on their website. “Despite all efforts to date, the majority of [plastic, aluminum, and glass bottles] end up outside the recycling system, in the ground, in our oceans, washed up on distant island beaches, forming waterborne masses so vast that they almost constitute islands in themselves. This casual, excessive consumption has the potential to destroy us, but there is a better way forward. We have the means of saving the planet while not just preserving, but improving the quality of our lives.”
Based on this mission statement, Pentatonic has created amazing modern pieces of furniture that are constructed exclusively with human trash. They launched their brand with four products: the AirTool Chair, AirTool Foil Table, and a glass bowl and a pack of glass cups. The website even details what went into the production of each item: the chair with the plyfix felt seat was made with 96 plastic bottles and 28.4 aluminum cans, as well as some old food containers and industrial waste. The foil table contains 1,436 aluminum cans and 190 CDs or DVDs, and the glassware is composed of broken and discarded smartphone screens. The company says they don’t employ any additives, toxins, glues, or resins.
As though this weren’t already extremely environmentally-conscious, Pentatonic also locally sources 90% of the trash they use to make their products. Since they created 90% of the products in Europe, they sourced that much of the trash into the items.
“We want to create beautiful products for communities from the very trash they produce,” the website says.
For the remaining 10%, they went to other sources, such as places like Taiwan, which has the highest concentration of smartphone glass. On top of these efforts, they made sure to create items that are fully recyclable as well, specifically staying away from producing hybrid materials. They also have a full guarantee to remain responsible for all of their items, inviting their customers to also be their supplier by returning any used products to them once they no longer have use for it or want it. This way, the company can use that item and turn it into something else.
Pentatonic makes building the furniture easy, too. They provide all of the necessary tools and allow customers to buy individual components in case they lose or break or something or want to modify the piece. With completely modular items, their furniture is customizable and can fit in any user’s home.