Arthur Huang blew our minds last year with his work at MINIWIZ. Weâ€™re thrilled to have him back as a keynote for ZWC19 to hear his latest upcycling adventures.
Taiwan-born, Cornell-trained architect Arthur Huang is a pioneer of upcycling and the circular economy. Recently, his company MINIWIZ moved its headquarters to Singapore, a wealthy city-state with a unique solid waste challenge.
On one hand, Singapore is known for its spotless streets and litter-free beaches. But on the other, Singaporeâ€™s 5.6 million people produce about 7.8 million tonnes of waste per year, with the biggest proportion being plastic products. While Singaporeâ€™s overall recycling rate is 61%, only 4% of plastics get recycled.
But Arthur Huang has a bold idea to help Singapore become a zero waste nation â€“ decentralized community-based recycling – the latest innovation from MINIWIZ.
â€œThese machines are a prototype of what we think the future of recycling should be,â€ says Huang.
Huang has fully built two TRASHPRESSO machines so far, hauling them by truck on 40-foot platforms to far-flung places like Yushu, a county on the Tibetan Plateau. Film star Jackie Chan features the expedition in his National Geographic television documentary Green Heroes.
TRASHPRESSO transforms bottles, bags, zip ties and other plastics into molded products such as tiles that can be used as a building or flooring material. It runs on renewable energy and can process up to 50 kilograms of plastics per hour. Work is underway to develop TRASHPRESSO systems that can process textiles, metals, and paper.
Huang imagines a network of hyperlocal trash-processing plants generating new productsâ€”and new ideas. His company, Miniwiz, is devoted to building such a circular economy.
Arthur Huangâ€™s ZWC SPARK Talk blew our minds last year, and we canâ€™t wait to hear his inspiring keynote at the Zero Waste Conference, October 30 â€“ 31, 2019 in Vancouver.
Arthur Huang’s SPARK Talk at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference
The 2019 Zero Waste Conference is your guide to the people, ideas and actions that are having the biggest impact.
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2019 Zero Waste Conference:
MobilizingÂ for Success in the Circular Economy
October 30 â€“ 31, 2019
Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place)