Throwaway; single-use; disposable living; fast fashion; designed to fail — the way we live is destroying the environment. Mountains of waste accumulate, while natural resources dwindle. But at Pentatonic, we know there is a better way. With enough innovation, our waste can become the furniture of the future, outperforming the disposable products of the past. And the new products we manufacture with all that rubbish can be designed so they’re easily recyclable for the rest of their life. The cycle can repeat, keeping pace with our ever-changing needs, without further exhausting supplies of raw materials.
This is circularity.
MADE FROM TRASH
Everything we make is from trash. This is the most fundamental element of who we are. We simply refuse to add to the abundance of waste on our streets, in our landfill sites, rivers and oceans. We exist to reduce this poisonous glut. To use human ingenuity and conscious consumerism to design our way out of this looming disaster. With our unique technology, developed over 15 years of research and application in industrial spaces, we’ve learnt how to most effectively transform trash into desirable new products and materials. Glass, plastic, metals, food, even cigarettes: it can all be reused many times, without compromising on quality or performance. Each new life that we can give to a material can be an improvement on the last.
This is possible because we make all of our products using single materials. As a rule, we don’t make hybrids – it’s too hard to separate them post-use, when they come to be recycled. We don’t add toxins, additives, glues or resins, either – many furniture retailers do, which renders their chairs, tables, beds and wardrobes not only impossible to recycle, but toxic as well.
We invite you to be both our customer and our supplier — that way our relationship becomes circular, the materials stay in the loop and most importantly, nothing is wasted. Invest in any of our products or components, and you’ll be able to find its permanent “buy-back” value on our website; a guaranteed sum that you will receive should you ever return it to us. This is our lifetime commitment to you and to our planet.
Our core range of Pentatonic AirTool products is totally modular — that means all its components are standardized and interchangeable. If you want to change the seat of your chair, you only need to buy a new seat. Don’t need a chair any more, but want a table? Many of the parts you need can be taken right from the chair. Update or customise, piece by piece, and the only tools you’ll ever need to build our products are your hands.
Another plus point of using standardised components – beyond the ease with which it is possible to replace, update or assemble them – is efficiency of production, inventory and shipment. It’s an approach that ensures minimal waste and carbon footprint. Our simple build system, ALSO eliminates both the need for tools and unnecessary waste.
Our ambition is to make all of our products using trash that is sourced locally. We want to create beautiful products for communities from the very trash they produce.
90 percent of our opening collection was made in Europe, using European trash. For the final 10 percent, we went to source – for example, to Taiwan, which possesses the world’s largest concentration of smartphone glass. If we can’t source materials locally, we go to the root of the problem, and we find them there.
We take lifetime responsibility for each product we make. If you look closely, every Pentatonic component has a small number engraved on it. This is its unique Product Identification Number, which we use to track that component’s journey through the entirety of its lifecycle. It lets us know where and when it was made, what trash was used to make it, what batch it was a part of and who has owned it. A digital logbook, embedded behind a code.