A New Idea

Huang is sure that most waste can be used to make something else. This is called upcycling. The EcoArk is just one example of this. It is made out of upcycled plastic bottles.

Solar power runs EcoArk’s LED lighting systems.

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use

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY

It's part of a new idea called a circular economy. Right now, people make too much waste. We make products, use them, and then throw them away. In a circular economy, waste is not thrown away. It is used to make something else.

Trashpresso

How do you change plastic garbage into a new product? Huang invented Trashpresso.


Huang designed shoes and the box they come in out of trash. 

These sunglasses are made from recycled materials.

Trashpresso

It is a group of machines that work together. The machines shred plastic trash into flakes. The flakes are washed, dried, and placed into molds. They are pressed and melted into tiles. Trashpresso can go anywhere.


Huang hopes this inspires people to be part of the solution to the problem with plastics.

parts of the Trashpresso system 

1: SHREDDER

breaks down plastic trash into tiny flakes.

2: WASHER

cleans trash to remove impurities.

3: DEHUMIDIFIER

dries the wet flakes.

4: WATER PIPING

carries dirty water away.

4: DRYER

further reduces moisture.

5: WORK BENCH

is where flakes are placed into molds.

5: WATER TANKS

stores water  for the process.

6: ELECTRICAL STATION

contains the electrical system to make the machine operate. 

6: AIR FILTER

prevents the release of toxic vapors that might be produced during the melting stage. 

6: OVEN

where flakes melt in their molds, forming finished files.

6: WATER FILTER

purifies the water and cycles the water back through the system.