This sleek, classic trash can, or garbage can, depending on which side of the ocean you live near, is modeled after the 1939 pedal drum, a traditional trash can design. But it’s also made with 75% recycled material. It may look like a classic home addition, but it’s actually the future of throwaways.
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Holger Nielsen made the Vipp15 pedal drum in 1939 in Denmark. The new Vipp dustbin is a design created by a group of engineers who decided to make some dramatic changes. They reused the company’s production waste to create this sleek design.
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In addition, the production waste is reprocessed and transformed into a distinctive fiber. This material was used to form the body of the can. Plastic scraps and sawdust were smeared together to create the new material. Locally sourced wood scraps from Vipp’s tabletop manufacturing efforts were used, along with the plastic waste from casings used in the company’s sofa production efforts.
The redesign is not a change from the original design, just a new way to create the can that was previously made with steel. The 3.7 kilograms of steel once used to make one of these cans is recycled plastic and sawdust that would otherwise release harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
In addition, the proprietary fiber used by Vipp to create the can has a natural grayish color with a visibly mottled surface that creates an interesting and modern look. There is no color or decoration added. This is what the plastic and sawdust fiber looks like in its finished form. Finally, a protective layer is added to maintain the unique appearance.
“It is essential for us that greener does not mean grim. In order to encourage innovation towards a more thoughtful use of waste materials, a recycled version of the bin must be unwaveringly true to its original aesthetics,” said Vipp’s project manager, Mikkel Bech Nielsen.
Images via Vipp