Photo via Chuck4Life.
About a decade ago I received a Muji waste basket as a birthday gift from a shall-be-unnamed family relative. My first thought was, "So-and-so is giving me a trashcan as a gift? AND it's unassembled?" In typical Muji fashion, the waste basket was just three pieces - a large rectangle of corrugated cardboard, a recycled-plastic bottom, and a plastic ring, all in an IKEA-like flat pack. After I awkwardly assembled the wastecan, I put it under my desk, sure that it would last only a few weeks. Well.Ten years on and the Muji can, which has morphed into a paper recycling can, is still going strong, surviving two transcontinental moves and rough handling. What I like best about it is that if I ever do decide its ready to be chucked, it can be easily recycled - the two pieces of plastic and the rectangle easily sliding into the slots of my municipal recycling bins.
The concept of the Chuck WPB is similar, and even simpler and with a more efficient use of the material than my Muji. Chuck is constructed from 100% recycled cardboard (originally the leftovers from custom boxes) and printed with low-VOC inks. It's also delivered as a flat pack that you (supposedly) just fold and tuck to assemble. With no plastic at all, Chuck may be a good improvement on the Muji design. Let's just see how long Chuck can take me - one great plus for bathroom or kitchen use is that Chuck is designed to hold 3 gallon Biobags. (Though A New Materials Economy">Lester Brown says we don't need trash can "liners.") At $12, Chuck will be a great value if it lasts anywhere near as long as my Muji.
StudioCrank, Chuck's designer, is also holding a contest for other designers to see who can come up with the best new concept for Chuck's fall 2009 look. Ends in September. Via: Chuck4Life and StudioCrank
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