The production of TRIPWARE began five years ago in the Mino area of Japan. About 60% of the ceramics in Japan are made in this region, famous for Minoyaki pottery. There are companies in Mino that specialize in everything from affordable to expensive high-quality pieces. Once fired, ceramic clay does not biodegrade and return to the earth. The experts in Mino understand the possibility of running out of materials, if they continue large scale production in the same way. In this area, with more than 400-year history of pottery, for more the last 20 years they have also been experimenting with recycled ceramic techniques. To address this concern, they developed a process for recycling porcelain.