Montreal (Canada), 23 November 2021 — World Design Organization (WDO)® announced today during a virtual World Design Talks event that TRASHPRESSO has been named as the recipient of the World Design Impact Prize™ 2021. Designed by engineering firm MINIWIZ (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei), TRASHPRESSO is the world’s first mobile waste recycling plant that transforms industrial and household trash into sustainable materials.

With an estimated 2 billion tons of waste produced annually, there is no doubt that the global waste crisis will continue to impact both environmental and human well-being. Through a unique approach based on awareness and accessibility, TRASHPRESSO aims to address the single-use plastic waste epidemic by leveraging the principles of the circular economy

A portable unit no bigger than two refrigerators, TRASHPRESSO runs entirely on solar power to revolutionize the collection and sorting of waste, transforming trash into building materials for new products. With the ultimate goal of incentivizing upcycling for both developed and developing communities around the world, the project showcases the need to strengthen and innovate existing waste management systems and boost engagement and awareness for sustainable practices. 

“This year’s World Design Impact Prize submissions enabled us to shed light on the effectiveness of design, as an agent of change, to address a vast array of issues such as water sanitation, hygiene, homelessness, education and maternal health,” stated WDO President Srini Srinivasan. “We are proud to support the work of designers everywhere as they continue to innovate, create and collaborate in pursuit of a better world. Our sincere congratulations to the team behind TRASHPRESSO for their contributions towards improving communities around the world.”

As the recipient of the World Design Impact Prize 2021, TRASHPRESSO hopes to “continue promoting and evangelizing upcycling around the world,” stated Jarvis Liu, TRASHPRESSO’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. “This stamp of approval from the World Design Organization will not only enable us to build on our credibility, but also help to further our social, economic, environmental and community cause.” 

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About World Design Organization
World Design Organization (WDO) is an international non-governmental organization and the international voice for industrial design. We advocate for Design for a Better World, promoting and sharing knowledge of industrial design-driven innovation that enhances the economic, social, cultural, and environmental quality of life. Today, WDO services over 185 member organizations, representing thousands of industrial designers around the world. 

About World Design Impact Prize
The World Design Impact Prize™ was established in 2011 to honour and elevate industrial design driven projects that benefit society. With the goal of encouraging a global exchange of meaningful solutions, the award aims to bring visibility and recognition to socially responsible design initiatives around the world.