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[Circular Economy] Convenient daily recycling
Kind: Event topics  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2020-05-15 10:07
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[Circular economy] Convenient daily recycling

Trashpresso sounds like a fashionable term. In fact, it is a world-renowned "energy-saving and zero-consumption machine" created by a new startup team from Taiwan. The term Trashpresso is a combination of the words "trash" and "espresso." This is an industrial recycling station reduced to the size of two trucks. As the name implies, it can "concentrate" plastic bottles into hexagonal plastic bricks. These bricks are waterproof, durable and beautiful, and are both practical and decorative.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are cheap and light but essentially non-biodegradable, thereby wreaking havoc on the environment. Recycling and reusing PET bottles has become a major focus around the world. Roughly one million PET bottles are sold every minute globally, with the total amount by 2021 set to reach 500 billion bottles. Less than half of such bottles sold are recycled globally. In Taiwan, the rate reached 95 percent in 2019, ranking third in the world.

Taiwan has been innovative in the reuse of PET bottles, with applications ranging from oil paintings, Christmas tree decorations and carpets, to clothing, footwear and building materials, and even a range of innovative products helping to boost the local cultural and creative sectors.

One example is a Taiwan team entering into collaboration with French brand Decathlon to develop recycled polyester fibers for quick-drying, sweat-wicking and breathable jogging attire and more than 3,000 environmentally-friendly products.

Circular economy is one of the key emerging sectors that the government of Taiwan is actively fostering the development of under its "five plus two" innovative industries program. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has been implementing a range of policies and measures to promote the sector's development, including engaging in international exchanges and cooperative initiatives with other countries on resource recycling in the pursuit of sustainable development and a cleaner future for all.

Update: 2020-04-17
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