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Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Dustbin - Reinvented!

By Leah Linhares
Photography: Courtesy v2com

sustainable design - DropBucket

A simple exercise by Denmark whiz kids has revolutionized the conventional ‘use me’ boxes aka dustbins in wake of today’s pertinent solution for waste management…

What was intended to be a first semester project is now a business setup led by two students of Design Engineering - Heiða Nolsøe and Marie Berggreen from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

cardboard lightweight waste disposal - DropBucket
easily portable, wind-resistant DropBucket
flat-packed DropBucket

Fabricated from recycled cardboard, DropBucket comes with a PE-liner that makes the cardboard water-resistant. Its pyramid-shaped design makes it stable against wind whilst a simple push can have it erected and ready in a fraction of a second. Moreover, it can be flat-packed, thereby reducing storage space and facilitating easy transport; its weightlessness makes it convenient for 10 flat-pack pieces to be carried in each hand!

designers of DropBucket
The enterprising designers

The bin can be reused depending on the kind of waste it has held, and disposal results in mere recycling. All these features make the DropBucket an affordable, durable, and portable bin that is also sustainable.

ideal for events and fairs - DropBucket waste disposal

At the thousands of festivals and events that are organized world over, waste disposal is oft an afterthought dealt with shoddily and unsatisfactorily; DropBucket takes care of these last minute aesthetics pragmatically.

The original portfolio of the DropBucket is now readied into three new modules – one each for commercial and residential use, and widespread distribution. It is now being distributed across Denmark, throughout the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Germany. Talks have also commenced with distributors in Sweden, Norway and Austria. 

DropBucket is the recipient of the Red Dot Design Award: Best of the Best 2015!


  1. Great use of recycled cardboard and a nice design.

  2. stephanie Kao - Senior Designer at HTC TaipeiDecember 10, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    really smart design!


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