Recycling made easy with Ben the Bin

The night before our fortnightly recycling day in my household is a stressful and often unpopular task, with all the washing, compacting and sorting involved.  The council provides us with one small black box in which to squeeze our recycled rubbish and if this isn’t frustrating enough they won’t take my cardboard or plastic bags which means I have to get in the car and take it to our local recycling centre; I sometimes feel like giving up on this recycling habit.

An astonishing 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin could be recycled with 9 out of 10 people stating that they would recycle more if it were made easier.

So you can imagine my delight when I saw the answer to all my problems in the form of Ben the Bin . This is a stackable, washable recycling bin that makes waste separation easy and will half the amount of time I spend up to my eyes in rubbish.  Ben the Bin is manufactured from 100% recycled plastic, has a space saving stackable design and even holds standard carrier bags, which won’t be finding their way into the local landfill.

Ben the Bin in blue

Ben the Bin in blue

The quirky and sleek design means that recycling has never been so easy and chic, it’s available in 3 colours, pink, blue and green. I can’t decide which one is my favourite, so I might just have to have all 3!

Ben the Bin’s concept and design comes from Max McMurdo the founder of  Reestore , the contemporary eco furniture design company which gained success on the BBC’s Dragons Den, in 2002.  Max takes everyday waste objects and recycles them into stylish, highly desirable yet eco-friendly pieces of furniture, which would look stunning at home or in an office. The designs include Annie the trolley chair , Deborah the table, Theo the aeroplane desk, Max the bath tub chair and Silvana the Wash Drum Table .  My favourite has to be, Max the bath tub chair which was inspired by the sofa in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and would make a great talking point in any living room.

Annie the trolley chair

I find that Max’s furniture concepts are a refreshing take on recycling and prove that eco design doesn’t have to be utilitarian and safe but can be iconic and a lifestyle statement.

The new range is coming in Spring 09 and I can’t wait to see what Max has come up with, maybe I should commission something out of my own recycling.

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  • A very interesting article highlighting a subject that is about to become more and more of a problem in the coming years. The company I work for has recently developed a recycling station encompassing four bins for internal or external use in offices, schools, public buildings etc. The station consists of bins for the recycling of: Glass / Plastic / Paper / cans. The stations are ideal for any company or public body wanting to enhance their recycling capabilities and can also help towards achiving the ISO 14000 Environmental Standard. We are now looking into all the systmes currently used for recycling and looking at ways of developing new improved systems. Our present range of recycling bins can be bought at http://www.impbins.com

  • The Turtle Shopping Bag is a good eco-friendly alternative to using plastic carrier bags with Ben the Bin. They are 100% cotton, washable bags and are available in Lime Green, Fucia, and Natural. Enjoy your Turtle Bag®
    and say no to plastic bags!

  • Lets hope it is the end of plastic bags! Quite a clever idea, although I still see houses down my street that don’t have recycle boxes.

  • The bin sounds and looks great. They don’t look that big though. I may buy one to see if they are as good as you say. Certainly sounds good. I will comment back when I get my hands on one of these bins. Thanks