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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