The earth has produced a limited amount of pot clay over millions of years. To maximize its use, businesses in Tajimi, Japan, have come together to create a ceramics/pot clay recycling system. Once-fired ceramics are pulverized to a fine powder, blended with new clay, then transformed into new ceramic ware.
After serving its purpose, earthenware will eventually be recycled into tableware -TRIPWARE.
The name TRIPWARE describes the journeys that tableware can take.
Pottery, once-fired, normally does not biodegrade even after thousands of years
In Tajimi, Japan, where about 60% of Japan's ceramic goods are produced, manufacturers have researched and invented ways to make tableware recyclable, reducing waste and conserving natural resources.
Reduce waste & save natural resources
The used dish collecting, grinding, clay producing, firing, and distributing cannot be done by one company. Manufacturers in Tajimi, Japan have enabled the recycling of pottery with the cooperation of different companies.
Used pottery is ground with a special machine, only two in existence in Japan, to 1 mm or less. It is then mixed with clay at a ratio of 20% or more, shaped, and fired again.