June 7, 2009

Talking Trash

Here are a few interesting designs for something we don't care much about, the garbage bins.

Coolness comes in many forms, though most people wouldn’t expect one of them to be a trash can. Nevertheless, Turkish designer Cem Tutuncuoglu had a dream… a dream of indoor garbage cans that wouldn’t smell up the place in between trash pickup days. With the Minus trash bin, food waste (the most common smelly garbage) is chilled so bacteria can’t become active. An anti-bacterial light adds a little insurance - those wee beasties are tough! No need to open up the Minus to see how full it is; the see-through plastic lid solves that issue. In other words, why constant open to check the works? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’.

Fed up with trash cans you have to clean? Wouldn’t it be nice if yoo could toss the trash out WITH the trash, or even better, use a recyclable recycling bin? Sure it would… and so it is! Thanks to the ancient Japanese technique of paper folding (origami) you can whip up a handy paper container from old newspapers anytime you need one. Good news indeed!

Want to fold your own newspaper trash bins? They’re not all that big but the average newspaper makes a bunch of them. Check out the following video for easy instructions:

Folding an origami wastebasket, by Blackheathbugle

Stephan Hauser’s gleaming metal “Dustbin” won’t be collecting much dust from bathroom readers - its contoured rim is the perfect match for a magazine. Prop one up, kick back and, er, relax. When you’re done, leave the magazine on top of the bin to act as a lid. Just remember not to leave any of “those” magazines open on the bin… and wash your hands, hotshot.

Adidas came up with a cool way to advertise their basketball shoes. Just outside their Paris store, the company set up trash receptacles and recycling bins 10 feet off the ground - the height of a regulation basketball net. There are no images showing passersby actually making the leap to toss their trash but as a attention-grabbing guerrilla marketing exercise for the popular sneaker-maker it’s a slam dunk.

Via Weburbanist

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