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Trash-Converting Vending Machines

MyProGeneration Upcycles Waste Into Recycled Smartphone Cases

— July 14, 2016 — Tech
The MyProGeneration vending machine is a product put together by high schoolers in Italy that converts waste into recycled smartphone cases. The eco-friendly device is able to grind up plastic garbage utilize 3D-printing to turn the waste into a new material to construct cellular cases. The design offers an innovative and timely way product waste can be converted into new tech accessories.

The vending machine is specially designed to include a 3D printer inside that is able to transform the melted plastic into new cases. Users can visit the machine and dispense unwanted items such as bottles and packaging and select a case design they'd like in exchange. The MyProGeneration repurposes, melts and 3D prints the case within minutes.

Turning unwanted products into a monetary currency allows consumers to properly dispose of the waste in a way that it can be recycled back into the economy.
Trend Themes
1. Trash-to-tech - Opportunity for companies to incorporate eco-friendly materials and waste management into tech product designs and production processes.
2. Circular Economy Vending - Creating machines that allow for recycled products to be easily accessible and integrating collection and production processes offers disruption to traditional vending and waste management systems.
3. 3D Printing Recycling - Development of new 3D printing technologies creates the opportunity to recycle plastics and transform them into new products, saving on resources and waste.
Industry Implications
1. Waste Management - Innovative technologies for creating products from waste material presents an opportunity for companies in the waste management industry to automize and streamline its processes.
2. Consumer Electronics - Using recycled materials can reduce manufacturing costs and create more affordable tech products for consumers, offering an opportunity for companies in the consumer electronics industry to differentiate themselves and gain market share.
3. Retail and Vending - Creating a way for people to discard waste and receive a desired product incentivizes proper disposal, offering an opportunity for companies in the vending and retail industry to create a sustainable business model.
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